Rescued in Alaska, Beauty is brought by raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp to her Birds of Prey Northwest raptor center in Idaho. Jane knows Beauty needs a new beak if she is to survive. Janie teams up with engineer Nate Calvin to design a prosthetic beak and make it with a 3D printer. After many months of design, testing, and retesting—and three hours of intense beak surgery—Beauty’s new beak is finally attached. But will it work?
Beauty’s inspiring, true story, told here with stunning photographs, has captured the hearts of both children and adults ever since her pioneering surgery. She is a symbol of how human innovation is combining science, engineering, and technology to offer hope for animals (as well as humans) challenged by the loss of a limb or other body part from injury or disease.
About the Authors
Deborah Lee Rose is an internationally published, award-winning author of children’s books including the alphabet and counting classics Into the A,B,Sea and The Twelve Days of Kindergarten. Jimmy the Joey, about a koala rescue, is a RIF/Macy’s Multicultural Collection title and Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Students K-12. Deborah helped create and directed communications for the ALA/AASL honored STEM website Howtosmile.org. She was also Director of Communications for Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which includes the first wildlife hospital in the U.S. Visit deborahleerose.com.
Janie Veltkamp is a raptor biologist and rehabilitator, wildlife educator, trained nurse, and master falconer. She has lifetime care of Beauty the Bald Eagle and led the engineering team who made Beauty’s prosthetic beak. Jane is founding director of Birds of Prey Northwest, in Idaho, which educates the public about raptor conservation, including through live raptor programs, and has provided medical treatment and rehabilitation to thousands of injured birds of prey. She is the eagle expert for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Native American Aviaries. Visit birdsofpreynorthwest.org.