Thursday, August 5, 2010

Chicken Who Thinks is a Penguin (4 pics)

Standing proudly upright and straight, this chicken that thinks she's a penguin cuts an unusual figure around the farmyard. Bizarrely mimicking the stance of her water-going cousins, the hen - named Mumble - even has smaller than normal wings, just like a penguin. And she never attempts to fly like other chickens in the coop, choosing to waddle from side to side, although she is yet to take a dip in the water.

The discovery of Mumble's unusual manner has also saved her life, with the family which owns her sparing her from the cooking pot. The bird's identity crisis has made her a celebrity in Jiangsu, a province in eastern China where she is owned by farmer Lu Xi. Local media outlets dubbed the chicken Mumble after the main character in the animated film Happy Feet, about a penguin that can't sing so dances instead.

Mr Xi said: 'He only has little wings as well just like a penguin which he sticks out when he walks. I guess that's why he never flies. 'I had not seen the film but I like the name, although my bird can't dance - and I don't think he can swim either. 'But he should be happy - my family all like him and so we decided to keep him instead of putting him in the pot.'


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