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One-legged hen's horseback return


Peggy is recovering well

A one-legged hen rescued from the clutches of a fox is being helped on the road to recovery by the horses at a Northumberland stables.

Before being mauled and left with one leg, Peggy used to enjoy jumping on to the backs of horses at Slate Hall Riding Centre, Seahouses.

Now she cannot get up herself but owner Marian Nicol said she enjoys being lifted up for a ride.

She said she was traumatised by the attack but was recovering well.

Mrs Nicol said her son Adam found the injured hen lying on her back after hearing a noise where the chickens were kept. Her leg had been chewed by the fox.

They treated her and now she is making a good recovery.

Mrs Nicol said: "She used to land on the backs of the horses and sit there. She seems to like the horses and is not scared of them at all.

"Since her leg was damaged she hasn't been able to jump up there but we sometimes lift her up and she will sit there. She seems to like the company."

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