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 Doctors say Mya Whittington likely ingested a feather from a pillow, which then made its exit through a swollen infected wound on her neck.(Whittington Family / ABC News)Mya Whittington is not a bird - she's a seven-month-old human baby who lives with her loving parents in Hutchinson, Kansas. 
So when doctors pulled a two-inch feather out of her neck this week, they were understandably shocked.

Aaron and Emma Whittington first noticed that baby Mya was pulling at the skin under her ear a few months ago, but chalked her fussy behaviour up to teething, according to the Associated Press.

When the left side of her neck began to swell on Saturday, they took Mya to the emergency room. Doctors told them it was a swollen gland, prescribed antibiotics and sent the family home.

Later, a "pimple" appeared on the swollen area, which had grown to the size of a golf ball according to the girl's father.

"She looked like Quasimodo," he said.

Back to the hospital they went, where a doctor drained the abscess and drew marks on Mya's face to keep track of the swelling.

On Monday evening, the Whittingtons noticed what appeared to be a string emerging from the spot.

Mya's pediatrician put on a pair of gloves and plucked what turned out to be a two-inch-long black feather from the little girl's neck.

"As far as how the feather got into the side of the neck, our doctor says we'll probably never really know," said Aaron to the Associated Press. "But her best guess is that she either inhaled it or tried swallowing it and it got lodged in the throat somewhere, and the body, just being crazy, just started to reject it and force it out the side of her neck."

In a follow up article written by a local news station, Mya's parents expressed disbelief at how popular the story has become around the world.

"It's cool people are talking about it and see how crazy it is. It's fine with us," said Aaron.

Doctors say the little girl's body will heal on its own and her father says she is "almost 100 per cent recovered." 

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