What do you do if you have a chicken that can't cross the road? If you're Andrea Martin, of Clinton, Mass., you get your feathered friend a prosthetic leg, telegram.com reports.
In a highly uncommon procedure, Martin's chicken, a three-month-old named Cecily, will be fitted with a plastic, 3D-printed, prosthetic right leg.
Doctors at Tufts University's veterinary medicine facilities in Grafton, Mass., will perform the procedure.
At birth, Cecily experienced damage in her tendon, which contracted unnaturally and fell out of correct position, rendering it "useless," Martin told telegram.com. Rather than choose euthanasia or try to manage the situation with medication, she chose the prosthesis.
The "slipped tendon" condition is called perosis, or chondrodystrophy, and is caused by a vitamin deficiency in young birds that results in an inability to get around properly due to the leg not being positioned correctly, according to The Poultry Site.
The chicken prosthesis will be the first such procedure for Tufts, though it's been done a couple of times elsewhere, on a rooster and a duck, telegram.com wrote.
For more on Cecily's prognosis, and a close look at her disabled right leg, check out the telegram.com piece in full here.