Prosthetic beak for Wilton the Batley goose?

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WILTON the Canada goose, who was found with the bottom half of beak missing, could be fitted with a prosthetic replacement.

The bird has had a flock of visitors to his home at Wilton Park, Batley as he recovers. He even has his own dedicated

Facebook page.

The creature has been taken for specialist care to the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital, near York, where he is being monitored to see if he can manage to survive with his injury. If not, the bird may need a prosthetic beak so he can eat properly.

Bird expert Dan Sidley said: “Wilton is being cared for by us. He is doing a lot better than we first feared. He has been eating a lot of bread, due to the number of visitors at the Batley Park, but it isn’t the best diet for him.

“He is now eating a range of soft food and chick crumbs. He is also having mashed food and some uncooked greens to keep his vitamin intake up.”

He said the charity’s vet had seen him but could not say for certain how the injury happened. Visitors to Batley Park say they thought yobs may have caused the injury.

Mr Sidley added: “It is quite an unusual injury for a bird to survive without his full beak. We have been considering whether it may be worth creating a prosthetic beak. This has been done before by attaching metal bars to the head of a bird. At this stage we think Wilton may be okay, but have to see if he can survive long term.”

Wilton was originally taken to Ponderosa animal therapeutic centre in Heckmondwike, but the following day he flew back to Batley.

The incident attracted national media attention and stirred interest around the world. The RSPCA have also inspected the bird and are seeking anyone who may have information. A spokesman said: “We have no evidence that it was caused by a deliberate attack but would urge anyone with any information to call us on 0300 1234 999.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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