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    UP vet team gives macaw new lease of life with 3D-printed beak

    Many people get prosthetic titanium limbs as a result of illness or injury. Now, thanks to a University of Pretoria (UP) team led by Professor Gerhard Steenkamp, a veterinary specialist in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, a macaw has been given a new lease of life with a 3D-printed beak.

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    Max, the macaw, gets a new 3D-printed beak

    Professor Gerhard Steenkamp, a veterinary specialist in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science, has given Max a new 3D-printed beak.

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    UP zoology prof part of study that finds hummingbirds drop body temperature to near freezing point to survive cold nights

    A University of Pretoria (UP) professor of zoology was part of a team that recently published a study that reveals that tiny hummingbirds living in the Andes Mountains in Peru drop their body temperature from 40°C to 3.3°C, near freezing point, to survive bitterly cold nights.

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    UP and CSIR study reveals plant vaccines could save poultry industry

    The University of Pretoria (UP) has joined forces with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to successfully develop a vaccine against avian influenza using tobacco plants, bypassing the many biosafety risks involved with using traditional live vaccine viruses.

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    Hot birds in the hot seat

    Prof Andrew McKechnie of the Department of Zoology and Entomology was recently awarded the South African Research Chair in Conservation Physiology.

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    Another veterinary painkiller found to be toxic to vultures

    The drug known as carprofen, which was found to be toxic to vultures, belongs to the same family of drugs as diclofenac and meloxicam.

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    UP researchers weigh in on bird flu outbreak

    University of Pretoria researchers are working with the poultry industry and the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to contain the current bird flu outbreak in South Africa.

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    Lethal dehydration - a ticking clock for desert birds

    While political leaders deny climate change, mass deaths of desert birds resulting from escalating temperatures are becoming a frequent occurrence.

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    Shedding light on animal responses to changing environments

    Climate change in southern Africa will have far-reaching effects on the activities and well-being of humans.

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