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Japanese Stork Gets Prosthetic Beak

November 18, 2005

TOKYO (AP) _ An oriental white stork whose beak snapped off last year after getting stuck in metal wiring got a replacement Friday, a news report said.

Taisa had lost weight since he broke his beak last November because he found it difficult to catch live fish, and no longer got along with his female breeding mate due to stress, Kyodo News agency quoted keepers at Akita’s Omoriyama Zoo as saying.

Dentist Toshiaki Chiba attached a plastic resin prosthetic to the end of Taisa’s broken beak using a dental adhesive, according to the report.

The birds are a specially protected species in Japan, but the country’s last wild oriental white stork died in 1971. In September, a breeding center in western Japan released five captive-bred birds into the wild in an effort to revive the species.

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