Stumpy the duck loses a leg - now he only has three

Stumpy the duck is down to three legs

By Sally Peck

Stumpy, the duck that entered the limelight after being born with four legs, has lost one of his extra limbs after getting it caught in his pen.

Stumpy was born with four legs...

Stumpy was born at the Warrawee Duck Farm in the New Forest, Hampshire, on February 7, and made his debut on television at 8 weeks, as his owners hailed his astonishing survival (external - login to view).

At the time, farm owner Nicky Janaway, 43, said she would keep him as a pet, but said she would have to confine him to a special pen rather than allowing him to roam the farm with the other ducks, because his back legs were in danger of getting caught in brambles.

Now, after catching one of his extra limbs in his special pen, Stumpy is down to only three legs.

But it's not all bad news for the little duck-- he can now roam the farm with his "girlfriend", Alice, and the other ducks, because he is no longer at risk of being caught in hedges.

Mrs Janaway said: "It has given him his freedom because if he had got his leg stuck in a hedge like he did in the pen, I would never have found him. The other leg is tucked up so it has no chance of getting stuck."

... but he now has three

The accident happened when Stumpy got his fourth leg caught in the fencing surrounding his pen. Mrs Janaway said: "He clean snapped it but he had no idea anything had happened so he may not have had any sensation in it.

"We whisked him off to the vet who finished off what he had started and cleaned it up.

"The good thing that has come out of it is that he can now roam the farm and he and his girlfriend duck, Alice, are harassing the others.

Mrs Janaway said she was shocked when she first turned Stumpy over after he hatched to find out his sex and was confronted by so many legs.

She said: "It was absolutely bizarre. I was thinking 'he's got too many legs' and I kept counting '1,2,3,4'."

The mutation is rare but other cases have been recorded across the world. A duckling called Jake was born in Queensland in Australia in 2002 with four legs but he died soon after.

Stumpy, a four-legged duckling, has become an unlikely national hero after thriving in spite of his rare genetic deformity

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when an outdoor animal has appendages without feeling, the standard of care is to have them amputated so they don't risk inadvertantly damaging themselves beyond repair in an incident like this. They should have had the last one tested for sensation and removed at the same time. If they actually cared about the duck's health, outside of showing it off as an oddity, that is.

Animals with numb or paralyzed extremities are highly prone to these sorts of problems. Some animals will even intentionally chew or damage appendages they have no sensation in. When my cat was paralyzed, I got a HUGE lecture on the dangers of him chewing off his own tail. We never had to go ahead with the amputation, since he regained muscle control, but it was a major deal with the vet.
I saw a squirrel like the albino shown in the picture above. Freaky little bugger looked like a vampire rat.

I agree with karrie on the amputation issue. I suppose the owners didnt think that it was likely to get caught... or didnt consider amputation for some other reason

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