0days0hours0minutes0seconds

Veterinary science has come in leaps and bounds over the years, and it is truly remarkable as to what vets can now do to help animals.

A parrot in Australia was taken into a vet's surgery after her wings were cruelly cut too short, and a heroic vet was able to build her a new pair of wings.

Keep scrolling to find out more about this beautiful story...

Ā 

Being a vet is a heroic profession...

via: Getty Images

A person who saves animals for a living... what could be better?!

But over the last few decades...

via: Getty Images

Veterinary science has truly come in leaps and bounds, and more and more techniques have been created to help animals in need.

Pioneering surgeries now exist...

via: Getty Images

And even the smallest of animals can now be saved when they are in need, rather than being euthanized.

And one parrot is a fine example of this...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

This is Wei Wei, and she is a twelve-week-old Green Cheeked Conure, a species of exotic bird native to the forests of South America.

She was brought into The Unusual Pet Vets...

via: Getty Images

This veterinary practice is based in Brisbane, Australia, and as their name suggests, they specialize in unusual and exotic pets.

Wei Wei was brought to the surgery in desperate need of help...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

As you can see by the photograph, her back wings had been trimmed down very short.

Sadly, wing trimming is a common procedure amongst bird breeders...

via: Getty Images

Many are lead to believe that trimming a bird's flight feathers is good for the bird's wellbeing, but this isn't necessarily true. As Wei Wei proved, this can prevent a bird from being able to fly and it can affect their mental wellbeings - thus shortening their life spans.

This is known as a "severe wing trim"...

via: Getty Images

Dr. Catherine Apuli explained, "The bird had a severe wing trim, which means that the flight feathers were cut too short and too many feathers were cut."

Wei Wei kept falling to the ground...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

And after an examination, Catherine decided to create a pair of prosthetic wings for the little bird.

A range of feathers was donated to the vets...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

And these feathers were ensured to match the length and plumage of Wei Wei - with them being fully disinfected and washed before-hand, of course!

Wei Wei was placed under a light anesthetic...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

"The base of the feather was cut to allow the entry of a wooden toothpick where it is secured in place with glue," Catherine explained.

Each donated feather was applied with the ultimate precision...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

And time was given for the glue to dry on each feather.

The finishing results are truly remarkable...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

"Wei Wei was then placed in our heated hospital room for a couple of hours before encouraged to fly. She flew very well after a few attempts and appeared quite excited that she could suddenly fly," Catherine went on to say.

Wei Wei is almost as good as new...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

"Now that Wei Wei had learned to fly, she can safely land and maneuver herself through the air. She no longer falls to the ground and so does not hurt herself," Catherine said.

Wei Wei is one lucky parrot...

via: The Unusual Pet Vets

Keep scrolling to learn about the pigeon who can't fly and how he befriended a dog who can't walk...