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"Last month, a toucan was brutally attacked by a bunch of youths in Costa Rica, an assault that left the poor bird mutilated and missing a substantial chunk of its beak. And the world was not happy about it. The incident quickly earned a lot of attention online, and it didn’t take long for people to dip into their pockets to help the fella out. Now, thanks to the generous public, the animal’s outlook may not be so miserable as he is set to receive a prosthetic replacement.

According to BBC News, four different companies in the country said they have the skills to help him and have volunteered their services to 3D print the bird a new beak, which could be the first time that a toucan has received such a prosthesis. However, scientists know that such a procedure can be successful as prosthetic beaks have been fitted on an eagle and a penguin before.

The grizzly incident took place in January when a group of teenagers from the town of Grecia began beating the bird with a piece of wood. The bird is wild, but locals feed him and play with him, so he had become a sort of mascot for the town and was consequently named after it, according to AFP.

The maimed bird was brought to veterinarians working at an animal rescue center in Alajuela, who have been nursing Grecia ever since. Although he is managing to recover despite his disfigured beak, the vet who has been looking after him, Carmen Soto, told BBC News that he can only eat very small amounts on his own and therefore needs assistance.”

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Turquoise-browed Motmot - Eumomota superciliosa

The Turquoise-browed Motmot, Eumomota superciliosa (Coraciiformes - Momotidae) is a colorful bird distributed in México and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua).

Both male and female Turquoise-browed Motmot have long tails that terminate in widened blue-and-black rackets that appear to hang, unattached, below the body of the bird. In this species, males’ tail length aids in sexual selection; males with longer tails have greater pairing and reproductive success.

These birds are colonial-breeding, socially monogamous that exhibits biparental care.

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Photo credit: ©Jerry Oldenettel (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | Locality: La Ensenada, Costa Rica (2008)

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Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa - Costa Rica

Overlooking Costa Rica’s majestic Arenal Volcano, Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa near the small town of La Fortuna offers a lovely spa, 7 hot spring pools, and a great selection of bars and restaurants. The hotel’s beautifully appointed suites, with their glorious floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliette balconies, hydromassage hot tubs, and relaxing daybeds, make the most of the luxuriant surroundings peppered with natural waterfalls and crystalline streams.

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Young orca with a damaged pectoral flipper due to fishing line in Costa Rica.

Please, properly dispose of your fishing gear! Animals suffer when this gear gets lost in the ocean. This orca is lucky it was only his or her flipper—entanglement can easily cause death! 

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{Hump Day Happy Place… take your pick! Here’s ten out of the 15 from Knstrct’s list of “Exotic Escapes for Design Lovers”. With temperatures still in the -20s where I am, definitely gravitated to where it looked hot!}

1. Faroe Islands 

2. Villa Egerton in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

3. Glass Suite at Lion Sands Game Reserve

4. Perivolas Hotel in Santorini, Greece

5. Casa de la Flora in Khao Lak, Thailand.

6. Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community in Costa Rica

7. Cap Racot in Majorca, Spain

8. Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa in Amalfi Coast, Italy.

9. Soneva Kiri Resort in Ko Kot, Thailand or The Bulgari Resort in Bali

10. The Tsitouras Collection Hotel in Santorini, Greece.