COSTA RICA NEWS – The attack by teenage thugs in Costa Rica causing a toucan to lose half its beak has a prompted social media campaign to have gang arrested.
The pictures show the horrendous injury suffered by the toucan, as the beautifully-coloured bird had almost the entire top part of its beak smashed off before being left for dead by the cold-hearted gang.
After pictures of the keel-billed toucan’s injury began to circulate online – many on social media demanded the authorities to do more to track down those responsible for the attack and arrest them.
The toucan was taken to a local vet clinic after the attack and it is hoped that a prosthetic could be used to replace the part of the beak that was broken off.
According to veterinary staff, the magnificent bird was rescued after being repeatedly hit by a group of young men – who laughed throughout the ordeal.
The bird cannot eat or drink by itself and must spend the rest of its life in care, currently homed at the animal rescue centre, Zoo Ave, in Alajuela (west of the international airport).
Witnesses told polic that a gang of young men laughed as they hit the Keel-billed toucan with sticks.
It is now hoped that a prosthetic could be used to replace the part of the beak that was broken off.