Cecily the Chicken Gets 3D Printed Leg


Cecily the chicken is one lucky bird.

When the pet chicken’s owner learned her foot and part of her leg would have to be amputated, she sought out the help of a veterinarian willing to embrace technology and give Cecily a new life.

“The foot tendons contract in an abnormal place,” said Dr. Emi Knafo from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “It puts them at risk for sores and infections, and the choices were euthanasia, or try to manage it with pain medication. It could be an uncomfortable life. But as a veterinarian, we always try to evaluate and intervene in a positive way.”

He added while people think that the measure is extreme of a chicken, Cecily deserves to live a good life too.

“People would not think twice about it (the procedure) for another kind of animal,” Dr. Knafo said. “We want to give her as much of a pain-free life as possible.”

The procedure is estimated to cost over $2000, but Cecily’s owner, animal lover Andrea Martin thinks it is worth it to give her prized pet the chance to be happy, mobile, and pain-free once again.