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Chick Born Without Eyes Snuggles Up With Every Other Pet In The House

<p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/1432716077044983/photos/pb.1432716077044983.-2207520000.1462754974./1585207481795841/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">Mumble the Chicken</a></p>

The little creature who hatched out of an egg changed the way Rebekah Cummings thought of disabilities forever.

Cummings' grandfather gave her the egg and told her to see if it would hatch. So, she put it in an incubator. Cummings had hatched chickens before. She already had a few. But she had no idea this time would be very different.

A chick born without eyes, who would come to be called Mumble | Rebekah Cummings

On May 4, 2015, a little beak cracked open the shell. But something was wrong.

The chick had no eyes.

Mumble snuggling up to a rabbit named Leo | Rebekah Cummings

Cummings went online to ask for advice about how to care for the unusual newborn chick. She was told the chick just wouldn't make it. The best thing would be to "cull" the little creature, people said. Life without eyes didn't seem worth living to anyone - except Cummings.

Mumble growing up healthy, thanks to the other animals | Rebekah Cummings

"I stood up for her life even with many people telling me I was cruel and ridiculous for 'prolonging her suffering' and I was wasting my time," Cummings told The Dodo. "But as an animal lover I stood my ground."

Mumble acting as just one of the cats | Rebekah Cummings

Cummings named the chick Mumble. And she started raising the chick who might not make it. "It was very difficult bringing her up, knowing that any day I could wake up and find she had passed away, but Mumble, being the fighter she is, pulled through," Cummings said.

Mumble snuggling up with the dogs | Rebekah Cummings

A year later, Mumble - who lives with the dogs, cats, rabbits, humans and other chickens of the Cummings family in North Somerset, U.K. - has become an ambassador for disabled creatures everywhere.

Pet cat and Mumble | Rebekah Cummings

Her Facebook page has over 25,000 followers. And Mumble, through her human, is providing advice about living the good life - even if a chick has some initial setbacks.

One big happy family | Rebekah Cummings

"She's now a year old, and as beautiful as ever," Cummings said. "More and more people are messaging her page asking for advice with disabled chicks now also, rather than just culling them. She brings so much joy to many people, and I'm so proud of her."

Mumble snuggles up on Cummings' shoulder | Rebekah Cummings

Even if she's not a traditional pet, the other pets of the Cummings household don't see her any differently. Mumble routinely naps with all the other animals, especially Maddie, a 7-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier.

Maddie snuggling up with Mumble, the blind chicken | Rebekah Cummings

And her friend Nyx, another chicken, hardly ever leaves Mumble's side.

Mumble (left) and her loyal friend Nyx | Rebekah Cummings

The disabled chick who transformed into a beautiful and happy pet also transformed Cummings.

Mumble soaking up the warmth of the sun | Rebekah Cummings

"Now, knowing how many chickens are actually culled for minor things such as being blind, I will be rescuing when I have the opportunity," Cummings said.

Rebekah Cummings
Rebekah Cummings
Rebekah Cummings