Pet chicken costs owner R14 000 in vet bills with unknown illness

Pet chicken costs owner R14 000 in vet bills with unknown illness

- Natacha Jacobs loves Tjortsie, her pet chicken like her own child

- The chicken has a strange illness that the vets are clueless to diagnose

- She has spent a fortune to save her "child"

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Natacha Jacobs has handed over R14 000 in order to try and save her pet chicken, Tjortsie. Alas, they still do not know what ails the bird.

“His white blood cell count is too high, he gets strange white fungus in his throat and he makes funny noises when he eats. We’ve had him at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital’s exotic animal section three times, but nobody knows what’s wrong with him,” said Jacobs (48)

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Jacobs is grasping at straws and willing to pay whatever it takes to save the chicken which she calls her child. She and her husband run a construction company in Claremont, near Pretoria according to

“Tjortsie is no different just because he’s a chicken, he is my child. I just want him to get better. I want him to be outside so he can be a chicken again,” she said.

Jocobs fell in love with Tjortsie when the chick first came to her home, eight months ago.

“Since I got him, I haven’t been able to eat chicken and after he got sick two weeks ago, I won’t ever be able to look at a whole chicken again. My husband is crazy about KFC, but that will never happen again in my house.”

The money that was used for the vet bills was supposed to cover their water and lights but it's a price she is willing to pay. Poor Tjortsie is in the wars, not only is he sick but his brother stole his girlfriend. Not to worry Natacha is looking for a prize hen to keep her little boy company.

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She loves Tjortsie dearly:

“Me and him have been together every day for the past eight months. I get up at night to make sure he is covered up and warm.”

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