10-year-old owner of wheelchair-bound chicken upset over ‘SNL’ jokes

In this provided by Mikayla Feehan and taken on April 3, 2019, a pet chicken named Granite Heart tests out a custom wheelchair made by Walkin’ Pets in Amherst, N.H. On a recent SNL episode, the television show's "Weekend Update" co-host said she should "just eat the chicken." Ten-year-old Alora Wood of Underhill, Vermont, tells NECN-TV that she knows the segment was meant to be a joke, but says what if it was a dog. The chicken was born with a deformed foot. (Mikayla Feehan/Via AP)
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In this provided by Mikayla Feehan and taken on April 3, 2019, a pet chicken named Granite Heart tests out a custom wheelchair made by Walkin’ Pets in Amherst, N.H. On a recent SNL episode, the television show's "Weekend Update" co-host said she should "just eat the chicken." Ten-year-old Alora Wood of Underhill, Vermont, tells NECN-TV that she knows the segment was meant to be a joke, but says what if it was a dog. The chicken was born with a deformed foot. (Mikayla Feehan/Via AP)

Unlike most pet chickens, Granite Heart was born disabled.

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For 10-year-old owner Alora Wood, that does not mean her feathered friend does not get to live a normal life, NECN reported.

So, Granite Heart, who was born with a deformed leg and is unable to walk, is learning how to get around in a custom wheelchair.

"I think it's going to be easier for her when she learns to push with her foot," Wood told NECN. "She's still working on it, but I think she'll get it really soon."

The idea of a chicken in a wheelchair naturally lent itself to jokes on a recent episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

“(Wood) should just eat the chicken,” a “Weekend Update” co-host quipped.

However, Wood is not laughing.

"Be more sensitive. I know it was meant to be a joke, but what if it was a dog?" Wood told NECN. "Any creature, no matter how big, no matter how small, they deserve to have a perfect life."

Wheelchair-maker Mark Robinson understands Wood’s objection but was excited his wheelchairs were featured on his favorite show.

"It was great," he told NECN. "I loved it."

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