What came first- eggs or chicken? Right from our childhood, we have been intrigued by this question and scientists have spent decades to find the answer.
It was only recently the scientists discovered that it was egg and not chicken that came first.
However, a recent incident in Assam took everyone by surprise when a hen gave birth to four chickens directly from the womb!
Yes, you read it right! The two chicken pairs did not hatch from eggs but fell out from the mother hen's womb directly.
The place where this bizarre incident took place is Jangalpara village near Tangla town in the Udalguri district of Assam.
The incident occurred in the residence of one Dipak Sahariah. However, out of the two pairs, only one pair survived and the other pair died.
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People in large numbers rushed to Saharia's residence to witness this bizarre incident right through their eyes.
The hen is a Vanaraja breed developed by the ICAR -Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad in the poultry owned by the Saharia family.
"The egg must have hatched inside the hen's reproductive system after which it might have got stuck in it. The natural hatching process, which takes around 21 days, might have taken place inside the bird's reproductive system. However, there were no shells and blood in the chick's body," said a poultry rearer of Udalguri to this correspondent.
"Although it seems unbelievable it is a very rare incident and I have never come across such incident and genetic reasons might be there as birds and mammals share common ancestors," said Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) Veterinarian, Dr Samsul Ali.
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