Disabled dog and fluffy chicken are best friends

Penny the Silkie chicken and Roo the two-legged Chihuahua have formed an unusual but heart-warming friendship at an animal hospital in Georgia, US.
  • Chicken and Chihuahua best friends
    Becky Barnes
    Last updated: 07 February 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Is this the most adorable animal friendship you have ever seen?

    Chicken and Chihuahua best friends

    Meet Penny and Roo – a chicken and Chihuahua duo rescued by Duluth Animal Hospital in Georgia, US, who have become inseparable.

    Roo was born without forelegs but found a new lease of life when vets gave him a custom-made doggy wheelchair in June last year.

    Chicken and Chihuahua best friends

    On the animal hospital’s Facebook page staff said in June: “Roo took his very first steps in his new wheelchair today! It's going to be a process, learning how to manoeuvre and balance, but it marks the opening of a door to freedom for him. We're so excited!!”

    Chicken and Chihuahua best friends

    Penny is an orphaned Silkie chicken – a breed named for its fluffy feathers which feel like silk.

    Chicken and Chihuahua best friends

    The pair love to hang out and play in the animal hospital’s reception – now their home – much to the delight of staff and visitors alike.

    Chicken and Chihuahua best friends

    At the end of January, Penny and Roo played in the snow together for the first time.

    Photo credit: Duluth Animal Hospital/Facebook

    Becky Barnes
    Last updated: 13 March 2014, 17:11 GMT

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