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9 inspiring animals that use prosthetics

Dec. 15, 2010, 11 a.m.
Hungarian stork with her prosthetic being fitted on by a vet.

Photo: ZUMA Press

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The stork that lost its beak

In a remarkable story of survival, this Hungarian stork was given a new lease on life after being fitted with an artificial prosthetic beak.

The beak, which was created from synthetic resin, may allow the bird to return to life in the wild.

The animal hospital where the stork was cared for, the Hortobagy Birds' Hospital east of Budapest, has been able to return a remarkable 40 percent of its patients back to the wild — a testament to the group's commitment to wildlife and conservation.