Burnt parrot gets wing 'extensions' made of matches and superglue

A parrot was sitting on a power line when the bird next to him met an untimely death.

The burnt endangered cockatoo was then taken to the Perth Zoo in Australia.

RELATED: See photos of flightless birds

17 PHOTOS
Flightless Birds
See Gallery
Flightless Birds
A keeper holds in his hands two Kiwi chicks at the zoo on June 19, 2012 in Berlin. Female chick Tea hatched three weeks ago, her still nameless brother is two weeks old. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW ZEALAND - CIRCA 2003: Little Spotted Kiwi or Little Gray Kiwi (Apteryx owenii), Apterygidae, Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
NEW ZEALAND - CIRCA 2003: Little Spotted Kiwi or Little Gray Kiwi (Apteryx owenii), Apterygidae, Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
NEW ZEALAND - CIRCA 2003: Southern Brown Kiwi, Tokoeka or Common Kiwi (Apteryx australis), Apterygidae, Canterbury Region, South island, New Zealand. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 04: The Spotted Kiwi at the Karori Sanctuary, Wellington, Tuesday. Twenty of the spotted Kiwi, one of the rarest species of the bird were released into the sanctuary. (Photo by Robert Patterson/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 04: Prime Minister Helen Clark with one of the Spotted Kiwi at the Karori Sanctuary, Wellington, Tuesday. Twenty spotted Kiwi, one of the rarest species of the bird were released into the sanctuary. (Photo by Robert Patterson/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND: A highly endangered North Island Brown Kiwi chick 'Puta-nui,' Maori for 'born big' as he weighed 405 grams at birth, is weighed for the Department of Conservation's 'Operation Nest Egg' at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 29 November 1999, which successfully breeds the flightless nocturnal birds in captivity. Kiwis (Apteryx australis), unique to New Zealand, are currently declining at an annual rate of six percent and may be extinct by 2020 without the captive breeding program. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND: Highly endangered North Island Brown Kiwi chicks 'Taz' (L) and 'Jake' (R) are checked by Department of Conservation biologist Diedre Vercoe for 'Operation Nest Egg' at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 29 November 1999 which successfully breeds the flightless nocturnal birds in captivity. Kiwis (Apteryx australis), unique to New Zealand, are currently declining at an annual rate of six percent and may be extinct by 2020 without the captive breeding program. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A Large Statue Of The Kiwi, New Zealands National Bird, Can Be Found In Queenstown. (Photo By: MyLoupe/UIG Via Getty Images)
Little Spotted Kiwi North Island New Zealand. (Photo By: MyLoupe/UIG Via Getty Images)
Kiwi bird at San Diego Zoo. (Photo by Loomis Dean//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
circa 1910: A close-up study of a young Kiwi bird. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A man wearing glasses holding the Percy Kiwi Bird while its long beak is sucking up a live worm. (Photo by Fred Lyon//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Kein Kiwi.
Milford Sound. Un Kea ci smonta la macchina
Kiwi bird at San Diego Zoo. (Photo by Loomis Dean//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Each year they treat over 200 endangered wild cockatoos, but they don't often see burnt birds.

The cockatoo's wing feathers were damaged badly so doctors proceeded to put the little guy under anesthesia.

He then went through a procedure similar to human hair extensions where feathers from a passed away donor bird were used as transplants.

Each wing was carefully placed using two unexpected tools, super glue and match sticks. But vets say that the tricky part is placing the wings at the right angle before the super glue sets.

SEE ALSO: 8-year-old girl found living with monkeys alone in the forest — eight weeks later

"The trick is to get the right feather in the right place and the right angles before the glue dries so there's a little bit of tricky work to getting the features in place but it's not rocket science overall," said Peter Ricci, a zoo vet.

The implanted feathers will drop out anywhere from February to April, which is a natural process that happens every year.

The cockatoo will go to a rehabilitation center before making a return to the wild.

Read Full Story