Bill the Mallard's Beak Transplant
A very lucky duck named Bill was saved by a Sommerset vet after the duck was found with only half a beak in a terrible condition.
The vet, Tim Wingfield, bravely reconstructed the beak using a type of resin which dentists often use for fillings. This is not a new operation but it is most often parrots who undertake this gruelling procedure and they often use a deceased birds beak to replace it.
Without this procedure the duck would have died as it was unable to eat and was in severe pain. The bird is now recovering well in the care of the RSPCA at the West Hatch based centre. They have had to repair a few cracks but the have said that he is doing very well and they hope he will be released into the wild over the coming months.