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Bionic birds calling Indian Trail home

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Jaime Sommers was The Bionic Woman. Bo-Bo is The Bionic Bird.

Bo-Bo lives at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail. A damaged beak once interfered with his eating and cleaning ability -- risking his life -- until a prosthetic beak was put in place.

Carolina Waterfowl is home to thousands of birds. They're all rescued, and some of the extreme cases, like Bo-Bo's, are met with science.

"The procedures are done by a vet," Carolina Waterfowl's Angela Santaniello said. "They put them under anesthesia and the framework is made of pins. We have a great doctor, Dr. (Greg) Burkett in Durham."

A typical prosthetic beak costs anywhere from $500 to $800.

Birds like Bo-Bo will not be replaced into the wild. The beaks to require maintenance, about every year or so -- but the procedure has allowed Bo-Bo and birds alike to live a somewhat, normal life.

Adopting birds like Bo-Bo is an option at Carolina Waterfowl.

The rescue runs 100 percent on donations and volunteer help. They celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year.

"We see about 2,000 birds a year and the majority of them do come in the spring," Santaniello said.

The rescue has several swimming pools, a lake, sheds and, from first glance, looks like a county club for these birds who are lucky to be saved.

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