In a zoological anomaly, a hen in Sri Lanka has given birth to a chick without an egg.
Instead of passing out of the hen’s body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen. The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died.
PR Yapa, the chief veterinary officer of Welimada, where it took place, said he had never seen anything like it before. When examining the hen’s carcass he found that the fertilised egg had developed within the hen’s reproductive system, but stayed inside the hen’s body until it hatched.
A post-mortem of the hen concluded that it died of internal wounds.
Source: Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
Photo: Manula Kumarage