'Special bird' Brian is dead

Wildlife News

Bald eagle had been fitted with beak prostheses after being shot eight years ago
Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Brian, a bald eagle that attracted international attention after it received a one-of-a-kind prosthetic beak, has died.

The eagle had lived at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre near Nanaimo since 2001, when it was treated for a severe gunshot wound that destroyed most of the top portion of its beak.

The injured bird was nursed back to health by centre manager Robin Campbell.

"He was a very special bird," Campbell said.

The bird's remarkable recovery was aided by his namesake, dentist Brian Andrews, who with Victoria denturist Fred Leak designed the first in a series of unique beak prostheses. Leak took over the remaining designs and manufacturing of the prostheses.

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Photo by Karen Bills



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