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Oregon police deal with report of chicken crossing the road

"Yes, it's really trying to go into the middle of the road," says non-emergency line caller.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

LINNTON, Ore., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An Oregon resident called non-emergency dispatchers to report that there was a chicken crossing the road in Linnton and slowing traffic because it was taking too long to get to the other side.

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

The dispatcher inquired if the chicken was causing traffic issues.

"Yes, it's really trying to go into the middle of the road," the caller replied. "I had to slow down to almost to a complete stop."

Officers who responded to the situation could not find the bird.

Even though jokes about chickens crossing roadways often get cluckles, "animals in the roadway creating traffic hazards are no laughing matter," the Portland Police Bureau wrote in a posting about the situation.

Fortunately, this particular incident did not result in any traffic accidents.

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