The 4 Legged Chicken born with an extra pair of legs has caused surprise in a rural community in western Cuba, where they have baptized the small animal as “El giro” and admire it for its uniqueness, according to media published on Thursday by the island.
“El Giro”, as they call the quadruped chick, stands out among a small flock of seven young by the two extra legs that grow close to its tail, something “never seen before in my 67 years,” says the owner of the birds. , Jose Antonio Penate.
The extra pair of limbs lack mobility and make the chick lag behind the rest, although that does not prevent it from running throughout the yard, said Peñate, a neighbor from Paso del Medio, on the outskirts of the city of Matanzas.
“It is quite an attraction for the family, the grandchildren photograph it and the friends who have not seen it are suspicious of its existence,” he told the Cuban News Agency.
The small animal “refreshes the spirits” of the community, which remains self-confined at home most of the time, due to the coronavirus epidemic that has almost paralyzed the Caribbean country. In Cuba, there is at least a similar antecedent, reported by the official press in May 2016.
This type of malformation happens when a chicken egg is fertilized by a rooster related to it. Inbreeding causes the appearance of a recessive gene and a double yolk is incubated, in which the fusion of the embryos leads to a genetic abnormality, explains an article in the newspaper Juventud Rebelde.