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Rare Chicken With Four Legs Born in Sikkim’s Kitam Village

by Kathy Jones on September 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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 Rare Chicken With Four Legs Born in Sikkim’s Kitam Village

Sikkim's Kitam village is in the news following the birth of a rare chicken that has four legs instead of just two.

Speaking to CBS News, veterinary expert, Arjun Adhikari said that the chicken has two normal front legs while the extra two limbs hang from behind.

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Adhikari revealed that the chicken was born with a genetic deformity known as polymelia and while the birth of animals having additional limbs is rare, it is not surprising as there have been similar births even in other animals. He added that the additional limbs could be removed through surgery.

"Polymelia is basically a genetic deformity. It happens during development of embryo and sometimes not only in chicks but other animals also this happens and it's not a surprising thing but it happens very rarely. If it a major vital organ, it needs a major surgery otherwise limps and all we can take out with minor surgery and they can survive for their normal life", he said.



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