Playing chicken? Police rescue fowl from a California highway

Here in the UK, we're accustomed to swerving for birds – pheasants, mostly – that pepper our roads with no thought of self-preservation. The same thoughts must have gone through the heads of these chickens, after police were forced to relocate them from their resting spot in the middle of a major California road.

California Highway Patrol officers scrambled to rescue the birds, who got loose after their cage fell from the back of a truck. Seventeen chickens were eventually rescued, though two sadly were killed. No good for nuggets, then.

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The owner of the chickens was apparently unaware that the birds attempted to cross the road, as they've not been claimed. The Southwest Area Animal Control Authority will hold the birds until January 6, after which any suitable person may adopt them.

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