As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Toucan’s beak broken after teenagers beat it with sticks

A toucan has been left permanently injured after a group of teenagers beat it with a stick until its beak broke off.

Toucan's beak broken after teenagers beat it with sticksThe bird, who can no longer eat or drink by itself, now faces the rest of its life being cared for at an animal rescue centre.

The tropical bird was handed over to Animal Rescue Centre Zoo Ave in the city of Alajuela, Costa Rica, after locals witnessed youths laughing while they beat the animal.

Vet Silo Hurtado Pina said: ‘We are exploring the possibility of giving it a prosthesis but even if that is successful it is unlikely it will ever be able to leave the sanctuary.

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