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Hitchhiking hen finds new home after ride from Campbell River to Nanaimo

The chicken hopped out of the undercarriage of a recycling truck that had brought materials to Nanaimo to be processed
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Unfazed by the 150-kilometre journey, the well-travelled chicken was sent to the Nanaimo pound, where a staff member named her Henrietta. VIA NANAIMO ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES

A chicken that went for a joyride in a truck travelling from Campbell River to Nanaimo has found a new home after its previous owners could not be found.

Mike Sherman, an animal control officer from Nanaimo Animal Control, said he received an unusual call from a recycling company on Feb. 8.

“One of their trucks that had brought materials down from Campbell River for processing had a little stowaway,” he said. “The chicken hopped out of the undercarriage of the truck.”

Unfazed by the 150-kilometre journey, the well-travelled chicken was sent to the Nanaimo pound, where a staff member named her Henrietta.

Sherman said the chicken — likely a Rhode Island Red — was used to being handled by humans and was likely a lost pet.

A reporter in Campbell River put the word out about the hitchhiking hen after speaking to Nanaimo Animal Control, but no owner was found, so the chicken was adopted into a new home on Saturday.

“Sound like the new owners are very happy with having such a friendly chicken to add to their flock.”

Sherman said Nanaimo Animal Control has scooped up a chicken or two from the streets over the years, but nothing quite like this.

“Quite often it’s just a bird from a backyard coop of a neighbour that’s hopped the fence or dug under,” he said.

“People are usually quick to notice when a couple of birds are missing. But this circumstance was certainly unique.”

mjlo@timescolonist.com