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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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A man gives medical assistance to an injured man as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital after what activists said was an air strike by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, February 2, 2015.

REUTERS/ Mohammed Badra

Never Give Up

TITLE: Never Give Up

CHAPTER NO./ONE SHOT: One Shot

AUTHOR: maypoison

ORIGINAL IMAGINE: Imagine you are injured terribly and time is of the essence. Loki tries to heal you but his powers fail him, though Loki is never one to give up so easily.

RATING: Mature

NOTES/WARNINGS: Graphic descriptions of injury, Blood

You try and call out, but nothing. Your voice makes no sound.

You reach down to where the knife pierced your body, and you can feel it … warm and wet and sticky with blood.

But, it doesn’t hurt, not truly.

Your body feels heavy, and hot … like you are falling asleep beside a forgotten fire. It’s uncomfortable, and you want to move, to roll your body away from the flickering flames. But you can’t … sleep has already claimed you.

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SYRIA, Douma : An injured Syrian boy sits in a chair as he awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus on February 8, 2015. The key rebel bastion on the outskirts of Damascus has been under siege for nearly two years, leading to food and medical shortages. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY