Hen in Sri Lanka gives birth to chick without egg

The Mystery now has been solved as hens come before egg. A hen in Sri Lanka gave birth to a chick without an egg, veterinary officials said. Instead of being laid by the hen and incubated in the nest, the egg was incubated insidethe hen for 21 days and then the chick hatched inside the mother. The chick is normally formed and healthy, veterinarians say, although the mother hen died. The government veterinary officer in the area, P.R. Yapa, said he had never seen anything like it before, the BBC reported. An examination of the hen's carcass showed the fertilized egg had developed within the hen's reproductive system but stayed inside the hen's body until ithatched, Yapa said. The examination showed the hen died of internal wounds. The story has made headlines in Sri Lanka, the BBC said, with one Sri Lankannewspaper carrying the headline: "The chicken came first; not the egg."Source: Ananta-Tech

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