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Massachusetts woman's chicken getting $2,500 prosthetic leg

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CLINTON, Mass. (AP) - This chicken leg isn't for eating.
    
A hen owned by a Massachusetts woman who specializes in chicken rehabilitation and rescue is getting fitted with a prosthetic leg Wednesday at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
    
Andrea Martin, of Clinton, tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1DVRpAj ) she is paying for the $2,500 operation out of her own pocket. She says the alternative is euthanization.
    
The chicken, named Cecily, was born with a damaged tendon in the leg that makes it useless.
    
The surgery will begin when Emi Knafo, a specialist in avian orthopedics, will amputate Cecily's right leg.
    
After a 10- to 14-day recovery period, the prosthetic, made on a 3-D printer, will be fitted.
    
Similar surgery has been performed on a rooster and duck, though not at Tufts.
    
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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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