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August 13, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to block traffic

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police were told there was a chicken — and it was attempting to cross the road.

In fact, the citizen who called the police non-emergency line on Monday evening reported that the chicken’s efforts to cross a road in a north Portland neighborhood were bringing traffic nearly to a standstill.

The Oregonian reported the motorist’s dialogue with a dispatcher:

“Hi, um, this is actually not a prank call, but there is a chicken trying to cross the road in Linnton,” the caller said.

“Is it causing traffic problems?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yes, it’s really trying to go into the middle of the road,” the caller replied.

“Uh … yeah … um, is it just the one chicken?” asked the dispatcher.

“Just one chicken, yeah.”

“And you’re … is it … I mean … are, are people almost crashing because of it, or …?”

“I had to slow down to almost to a complete stop.”

The dispatcher then assured the motorist that she would alert the authorities to the situation.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says responding officers were unable to locate the chicken.

And so, he notes, police “were unable to determine the chicken’s intent.”

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