Hen Has Sex Change
October 30 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
A pal of mine at the dog park confided in me recently that he just wasn’t happy being a dog. He said he’s felt like a kitten ever since he could remember and would do anything to become a feline. Unfortunately there’s nothing I, or any dog, could do to help his situation.
Or, so I thought.
Based on the following story, it appears there may be some hope. Granted it only deals with a sex change rather than a full on species change operation, but you have to start somewhere.
A cockerel called George is ruling the roost – after transforming from a hen called Georgina.
The one-in-10,000 sex-swap has taken about two years and started when Georgina shared a home with other hens.
‘As she was surrounded by other hens with only one other male in the group she has decided to take on the role of a cockerel,’ said Jane Howorth, who keeps George at the Battery Hen Welfare Trust headquarters in Chulmleigh, north Devon.
The change is believed to happen when a damaged ovary causes the hen’s testosterone levels to soar, turning the remaining ovary into a testicle.
George has even developed a cockscomb on his head.
A cockscomb? Who knew combs have become so specialized.