four legs good, two legs bad

Four-legged chicken:

The bird appears to be healthy, chirping like any other chick. The Shorts even let the chicken walk around their kitchen - on two legs, although the second pair were visible. Laurie Short said they found the chick last week among the 16,000 birds they are raising. "It had climbed up into the bird feeder, and when my husband went to pull it out, the extra legs got caught," she said.


10 Responses:

  1. giles says:

    For a moment I had a horrible feeling that this was going to be a genetic engineering breakthrough for extra drumsticks. Thank goodness it's just a deformed chicken.

  2. jette says:

    Because I find that creature somehow strangely adorable.

  3. revsphynx says:

    Seeing as they explained that wings are actually legs in Animal Farm, wouldn't this be 6 legs?

  4. cetan says:

    I, for one, welcome our new Chicken Masters...

    • Here, let me try:

      To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum in the 1995 smash-hit musical adventure Jurassic Park, "Life... will find a way".

      And that appears exactly what life has done in this quirky romantic comedy about a chicken with four legs. Like an episode from the latter half of the X-Files TV series (you know, when all the episodes were supposed to be linked by a single brilliant idea, but the whole thing ended up just being utterly incomprehensible and infuriatingly smug), the storyline appears to be based upon a single idea taken out-of-context from a shaky pop-science theory that dinosaurs evolved into modern-day birds to adapt to the changing global climate all those millions of years ago.

      And thus, my own interpretation of this theory continues, it seems that birds must contain latent dinosaur DNA, which is just waiting for an excuse to reactivate and repopulate our world with gigantic, bloodthirsty carnivores.

      Clearly, this four-legged proto-creature represents the first stage in this retro-evolution, which will inevitably lead to the re-birth of the dinosaur species and an end to the unchallenged supremacy of the human race on this planet.

      It's difficult to tell at this point in time whether they will consume the inferior human race or merely enslave us. One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them; the dinosaurs will soon be here.

      And I, for one, welcome our new reptile overlords.


  5. sciamachy says:

    I think it's kind of a good thing - if this chicken is used to breed from, we could have a whole breed of 4-legged chickens. Let's face it, they don't really get to use their wings much anyway, so extra claws might be useful - maybe it could learn to climb or scamper along on all four legs, like a cat?

  6. _uriel_ says:

    Finally, enough Drumsticks for Dave King...
    Er, I need sleep.

  7. aitp says:

    Run away! Run away! The chickens will eat us all... ALLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVVVVEEEEEE!

  8. kikkert says:

    that's pretty cool. i live on a chicken farm and i found a four-legged chicken too. it also only uses two of them.
    here a link for a pic