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This Kid's Pet Caterpillar Turned Into A Butterfly And Tumblr Is Totally Obsessed

A beautiful coming-of-age story.

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Chicken Nugget was found by Tumblr user Oddity, a 16-year-old from Georgia, who told BuzzFeed News that they found the caterpillar on the way to class about three weeks ago and named it after the first thing that came to mind.

"So apparently, Chicken Nugget is a spicebush swallowtail and they turn yellow before they pupate," Oddity wrote in the original Tumblr post. "He was making little silk things everywhere. Bruh, this caterpie is going to evolve to metapod today my boy isn’t messing around."


Oddity decided to keep Chicken Nugget as he was "so big and so cute" and Oddity "didn't want him to get stepped on".


On Sunday, Chicken Nugget finally emerged out of his chrysalis as a butterfly.

Oddity was not there to witness the moment due to marching band practice.

"I was freaking out because I couldn't go home but I knew he was going to come out that day," Oddity said. "When I came home he was flying around my bathroom where I was keeping him."

Oddity said the general consensus now is that Chicken Nugget is a gynandromorph, which is an organism that has both male and female characteristics.


Oddity kept Chicken Nugget overnight as "his wings were still weird" and then set him free the day after.

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"It was sad to see him go, but also kind of uplifting," Oddity said.


Fan art was drawn.

The whole experience has been "a little unreal," Oddity said.

"It's just been stunning, man, and it made me feel happy that Chicken Nugget was making people happy and creating such positive vibes," Oddity said.

Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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