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ZooTampa: 3D-printed ‘beak’ saves great hornbill with cancer

Crescent the 25-year-old Great Indian Hornbill residing at ZooTampa is alive today thanks to what one vet calls an absolutely amazing collaborative project.

When Crescent developed skin cancer on the base of her casque, which is on her upper beak,  ZooTampa sprung into action.

Doctors, engineers and USF employees used 3D printing to make a prosthetic, and a ZooTampa veterinarian attached it to the healthy portion of Crescent’s beak.

ZooTampa says the bird is responding well to the procedure.

Crescent and her new beak are on public display at ZooTampa.


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Courtesy: ZooTampa