After an endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo was seriously burnt after a powerline explosion, the little feathered dude was taken to Australia’s Perth Zoo, where vet staff decided they’d need to get crafty.
The cockatoo had lost his wing feathers in the accident, so medical staff proceeded with “imping” — collecting the feathers of a deceased donor bird and sticking them on the cockatoo with super glue and matchsticks.
“It’s much like getting a hair extension,” said Peter Ricci, a zoo vet.
“The trick is to get the right feather in the right place and the right angles before the glue dries so there’s a little bit of tricky work to getting the features in place but it’s not rocket science overall.”
Amazingly, it worked. The bird is adjusting to its fresh new wings as we speak. Fly on, little guy!