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Chicken Has A Sex-Change!

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Gertie was born a chicken but that's all changing.

Gertie's owner first noticed the changes in Gertie's appearance and behaviour a few months ago when Gertie then developed wattles, her comb became much larger and more distinctive, and stopped laying eggs.

"Then a few days later I heard her try to crow. She wasn't very good at it at first, but she's progressed nicely and now she really goes for it.

One animal specialist said fungi in stored feed could have the effects of synthetic hormones.

Whatever the cause, Gertie's owner is embracing her hen's new lifestyle,

"I'm not really sure whether Gertie has actually changed sex, but to all intents and purposes she's now a cockerel."

We wish the bird the best of luck in finding her (or his) identity.

You were born this way Gertie!

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Massive Amounts Of Sea Life Left Dead In Gulf Waterways

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Absolutely devastating.

Check out (above) this photo of a Louisiana waterway that has become overwhelmed with various species of dead sea life, which even allegedly includes a dead whale.

Although 'dead zones' - which are areas of water that don't have enough oxygen to support life - are apparently common during stretches in the summer in this area, it's normally never on this scale nor does it affect more than one species at a time.

Many have speculated that this is an indirect result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf - oil-eating microbes have been present in the waters since the incident, and those allegedly require quite a bit of oxygen when consuming the oil particles.

Billy Nungesser, who took the photos, says:

"We can't continue to see these fish kills. We need some additional tests to find out why these fish are dying in large numbers. If it is low oxygen, we need to identify the cause."

Agreed completley.

This is horrific news, and we sincerely hope that scientists take the time to figure out just exactly what's going on with these deaths.

Who knows what other unexpected long-term effects this oil spill will have on the ecosystem? Awful.

[Image via Billy Nungesser/WWL.]

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