And any other animal that has true hoofs which are cleft in two and brings up the cud in the animal, you may eat.
From the words “in the animal” the Talmud learns that an embryo found in a slaughtered animal, known as a “ben Pekua” doesn’t need to be slaughtered in order to be eaten.
Furthermore, the otherwise forbidden fat (chelev) of a ben pakua is permitted.
Nevertheless, the sages decreed that even a ben pakua must be slaughtered if it is alive so that people don’t mistakenly think that animals may be eaten without being slaughtered. Even the amniotic sac is allowed to be eaten if the animal was slaughtered properly.
(Ran in Chulin 65, 77)
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