What appears to
be a transsexual hen is causing a ruckus in a henhouse in
southern Sweden, Agence France-Presse reports. The hen has
grown a rooster comb, tail, and wattle and has been
crowing. And the henhouse's resident rooster, Henry
VIII, is hopping mad, Swedish media reported on
"Henry VIII is
bloody angry," the owner of the henhouse, Christel
Hammar-Malmgren, told the online edition of regional daily
Blekinge Laens Tidning. "The other hens are
mostly just surprised, but they seem to increasingly accept
him or her."
woke up one morning in July to the sound of two roosters
crowing instead of just one. To her surprise she discovered
that one of the black hens, Anne Boleyn--all of
the hens are named after Henry VIII's wives--had
undergone a transformation. "She had lost most of her hen
feathers and had begun growing a comb and tail," she said.
hen joined the henhouse last year and was different from
the start. She was uninterested in the usual hen chores and
laid bad eggs, Hammar-Malmgren said. She insisted,
however, that despite the change, and unlike the hen's
namesake, there were no plans to end Anne Boleyn's
days prematurely. (The Advocate)
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