When you think of a pet needing a prosthetic limb, I doubt the first animal that comes to mind is a chicken. However, that’s precisely the animal that’s getting one at Tufts University this week.
The surgery, which was scheduled for yesterday, involved sedating Cecily the chicken; amputating her leg, which was deformed due to a slipped tendon that wasn’t repaired when she was a chick; then doing a CT scan of her good leg, CBS Boston reports. The scan will then be used to create a 3-D printed prosthetic that, after a two-week recovery period, will be fitted to Cecily.
The chicken is a rescue taken in by Andrea Martin out of Clinton, Mass. Martin saw Cecily’s poor quality of life, and she, along with Cecily’s new owner, agreed that rather than euthanizing Cecily, surgery would be the best option. Martin told CBS Boston that chickens like Cecily “deserve a good life. They deserve everything. So we don’t see any other option other than giving them what they need.”
tharkibo/iStock/Thinkstock Martin and Cecily’s new owner are splitting Cecily’s $2,500 veterinary fee.
Would you do everything you could to improve your chicken’s quality of life?