Injured Animals Get Second Chance With 3-D Printed Limbs
Inexpensive prosthetics help rescued wild animals and pets get moving again.
Paolo Miamoto may be known for fixing human teeth, but he is perhaps most proud of giving Vitória the goose her smile back.
When the greylag goose was dropped off at a animal rescue center near São Paulo, Brazil, in December 2015, she was missing most of her bill. Volunteers at Friends of the Sea fed her baby food, but the process was time-consuming and left the bird completely dependent on her human caregivers.
So the rescue center contacted Miamoto, a local dentist who specializes in 3-D facial and dental reconstructions, to make Vitória a prosthetic beak made from a 3-D printer. (Also see "Amputee Tortoise Gets Moving With Wheels.")
Miamoto is part of a group called Animal Avengers, which