Here are the three most common thoughts the average Australian (read: your humble narrator) has upon sight of a commercial chicken truck:
- Will I be able to hold my breath for the duration of this vehicle’s smelly presence in my life?
- If all the chooks flap their wings at the same time, would the truck achieve lift-off?
- What’d happen if its feathery passengers were randomly loosed on the street?
Friends, today we received the answer to that last scenario: traffic mayhem.
Police were forced to close a lane after a truck containing pallets of live chooks accidentally let its clucking cargo loose in the Perth suburb of Ellenbrook.
— Blake Johnson (@BlakeJohnson) February 24, 2016
While 7 News reporter Blake Johnson said many of the animals died during the incident, a council spokesperson told Fairfax that no dead chooks had been found on the scene this afternoon.
We’ll cling to that shred of hope, ’cause the image of hundreds of very-much-alive chooks scampering off into the bush is stirring on a deeply metaphorical level.
That same spokesperson also said “there was no evidence of foul play,” because of course. Hell, even the police cracked a funny:
Why did the chicken cross the road? Traffic hazard at Lord st x Gnangara Road, Ellenbrook. pic.twitter.com/oMgxkjv72S
— Ellenbrook Police (@EllenbrookPol) February 24, 2016
As it stands, Fairfax reports the chooks have all been recovered. Maybe next time, guys.