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Mikhail Bopposov completed the huge cockerel in Uolba, a village in the Sakha Republic (also known as Yakutia), despite being hampered by a leg injury which required surgery only a week earlier. It was a team effort involving his brothers that ensured the piece was ready to be unveiled on New Year’s Eve to welcome 2017, the Year of the Rooster, the Sakha Life website reports.

Strictly speaking, he needn’t have hurried – in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rooster doesn’t start until 28 January.

At 3.5m tall (11ft 6in) and more than 4m long, the statue is sturdy enough to stand on, thanks to the region’s freezing winter conditions

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