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June 23, 2003 at 5:39 PM
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Chicken survives balloon flight

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 (UPI) -- Pacific Gas and Electric was called this weekend to unfoul tangled strings that had been tied on one end to 100 balloons, and on the other -- to a chicken.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the usually earthbound bird survived its attempt at flight

Animal control officer Ellie Sadler said the orange-red hen with a small red comb seemed "a bit skinny and a bit stunned," but was otherwise unhurt.

Dogs and owners go for world record

SOUTH SHIELDS, England, June 22 (UPI) -- Thousands of dogs and their owners are expected to participate Sunday in Britain's Great North Dog Walk in an attempt to break a world record.

The Guinness World Record for the number of dogs walking together was set last year at 3,117 in Texas.

For Sunday's attempt at the record, an expected 3,500 dogs will be walked 3.5 miles at South Shields, England.

One of the event's organizer told the British Broadcasting Corp. there would be "a lot of pooper-scooping," but the event was organized with responsible dog owners. She added, "Everyone involved is optimistic that they'll beat the record."

Money raised from the walk will be donated to charity.

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