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Stumpy, an 8-day-old duckling born in Britain, has a rare mutation: 4 legs

Photo: Stumpy, a four-legged duckling at Warrawee Duck Farm, Copythorne, Hampshire, England. (AP Photo/PA, Barry Batchelor)

Feb 19, 2007
A RARE mutation has left an eight-day-old duckling with two nearly full-sized legs behind the two he runs on. He is doing well on a duck farm in New Forest, Hampshire, 95 miles southwest of London. "It was absolutely bizarre. I was thinking 'he's got too many legs' and I kept counting 'one, two, three, four.' He's eating and surviving so far, and he is running about with those extra legs acting like stabilizers." The mutation is rare, but cases have been recorded across the world. One duckling named Jake was born in Queensland, Australia, in 2002 with four legs but died soon after.

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