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Real game of chicken: Hen dodges traffic, captors for two months

By Sandy Sand     Jan 30, 2010 in Lifestyle
In a real life game of chick, a black hen has been dodging traffic and eluding her captors for a little more than two months.
The elusive bird was first reported playing “chicken” with cars outside Glendale Community College in the Glendale/Pasadena area, northeast of downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 20.
The hen has a growing fan club of photographers and spectators who gather to take pictures and watch as the bird dodges traffic and her would-be captors.
The Pasadena Humane Society handles animal control for the City of Glendale.
Hillary Gatlin, humane society spokeswoman, said whenever animal control officers approach the hen, she either runs out into the street or flies to the nearest tree.
Nothing has worked so far, not even the lure of chicken feed set inside humane traps.
Gatlin speculated that either the hen doesn’t weigh enough to trigger the trap or she simply isn’t interested in the food inside it.
Playing chicken with a chicken isn’t easy. Gatlin said she expects the game of chicken standoff could continue for a while.
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