"Clawdia produced about a thousand offspring, which is amazing given the circumstances," the hatchery's senior technician Ben Marshall told The Dodo. "But after we hatched her eggs, we didn't feel quite right about releasing her in that condition. So, we thought we'd wait to see what would happen if we kept her for a while."
Over the next four months, staff at the facility continued to care for Clawdia even though her work as a mother was finished. But their compassion and patience ultimately paid off. During her most recent molt, wherein she grows a new outer shell and sheds the old, the lobster's rescuers saw that something incredible had happened.
To everyone's surprise, Clawdia's missing limbs had grown back.
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