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Beauty and the Beak

Regular price $16.95

Rescued in Alaska, Beauty is brought by raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp to her Birds of Prey Northwest raptor center in Idaho. Jane knows Beauty needs a new beak if she is to survive. Janie teams up with engineer Nate Calvin to design a prosthetic beak and make it with a 3D printer. After many months of design, testing, and retesting, and three hours of intense beak surgery, Beauty's new beak is finally attached. But will it work? Beauty's inspiring, true story, told here with stunning photographs, has captured the hearts of both children and adults ever since her pioneering surgery. She is a symbol of how human innovation is combining science, engineering, and technology to offer hope for animals, as well as humans, challenged by the loss of a limb or other body part from injury or disease.

Author: Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp