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Gianni started life as a red-blooded rooster and would often wake his Italian owners up crowing on his farm in Tuscany.
But when a fox raided Gianni's enclosure and killed all of the hens inside, Gianni felt it was time for a change.
Within days the bird was laying eggs and trying to hatch them as he began his new life as a hen.
The sex-change chicken has baffled scientists at the UN's Farm and Agriculture Organisation, who are now planning to study Gianni's DNA to see what made him change.
An expert at the centre said: 'It may be a primitive species survival gene. With all the females gone he could only ensure the future of his line by becoming female.'
Professor Donato Matassino, who will be leading tests on Gianni, said: 'This rooster-hen will be taken to the laboratories of Consdabi for a series of behavioural and genetic tests.
'This will allow us to decipher this bizarre DNA mix up that appears to have literally given what looks like two chickens in one.'
Professor Donato said the rooster-hen was transported by train to Naples where the laboratories are based.
And if we could only step aside and trust in nature, life will find a way. - The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997
Originally posted by aboxoftrix
If a rooster laid an egg on top of a barn, which side would it fall off?
Originally posted by polarwarrior
Ive heard of this happening in many other species, wonder if its possible in humans.
Originally posted by LordBucket
reply to post by polarwarrior
wonder if its possible in humans.
Spontaneous human gender change has been reported.
And by an interesting coincidence...that individual was a chicken seller.
"On the morning of the full moon day of June 21, I noticed my thing [sex organ] was not the same as before," Thin Sandar, who now goes by the male name Than Sein, said in an interview at his home. "And my breasts disappeared," Than Sein added. "So I called out and showed it all to my mom and dad. It was very strange."