Goose in Idaho gets new bill after raccoon fight

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Updated: March 24, 2020 11:23 PM
Created: March 24, 2020 11:09 PM

(KSL / NBC News)  A goose named Bruce Bruce is honking again after losing his bill during a fight with a raccoon. It's all thanks to a 3-D printed prosthetic.

"When he first came in, he … I don’t want to say depressed, but he wasn’t himself," says Susan Curtis, the director of Sandy’s Haven, an animal rescue facility in Preston, Idaho.


But who wouldn’t be after losing the top part of their honker to a masked critter?

"And as soon as I looked at him I was like, ‘Oh my goodness. This guy wants to be here. He wants to live. We’ve got to figure out a way to help him."

Curtis turned to volunteers at the 4-H Cache Makers, a youth group of the STEAM Center and Community Makerspace at the Bridgerland Technical College in Logan, Utah, where, among other things, they have a 3D printer. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math education.

Volunteers spent hours studying goose bills and designing a new one.

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