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

A beautiful coming-of-age story.

Posted on August 23, 2016, at 8:53 a.m. ET

Meet Chicken Nugget the Caterpillar. His journey toward becoming Chicken Wing the Butterfly has touched the hearts of people on Tumblr this summer.

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."
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"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".

"I made him a tube room. He's crawlin all over the place checking it out."
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"I made him a tube room. He's crawlin all over the place checking it out."

Oddity then documented the entire process of Chicken Nugget's metamorphosis.

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The post was shared widely and has since received more than 430,000 notes on Tumblr.

"Chicken Nugget using those advanced tactics balancing. My man doesn't do anything halfway."
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"Chicken Nugget using those advanced tactics balancing. My man doesn't do anything halfway."

"I put on some tunez for him so he can get into the metamorphazone."
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"I put on some tunez for him so he can get into the metamorphazone."

By the time Chicken Nugget had turned into a chrysalis, his story had spread far and wide on Tumblr, with several people eagerly following along.

Chicken Nugget was in a chrysalis for about 14 days. "It was suspenseful and a little sad," Oddity said.

"HE'S BUSTIN OUT."
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"HE'S BUSTIN OUT."

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Oddity said they knew they wouldn't be able to keep Chicken Nugget from the start and always planned to let him go and "be his own man".

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."
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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."

People were also freaking out and started debating whether Chicken Nugget was a chimera due to his asymmetrical wings.

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

"This kid doesn't have a bad angle dang."
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"This kid doesn't have a bad angle dang."

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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.

Oddity said they have been "pleasantly surprised" by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Chicken Nugget's story.

"People have been so nice," Oddity said. "They are in love with Chicken Nugget."

Seriously, people got pretty damn emotional.

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Fan art was drawn.

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Memes were made.

Even Pokémon were named after him.

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.

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