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Thirsty hen called Loo-Loo found drinking out of casino toilet finds new home

Published 21/10/2015 | 12:51

A chicken discovered drinking out of a toilet in a casino has been found a new home with the RSPCA's hen welfare expert (RSPCA/PA)
A chicken discovered drinking out of a toilet in a casino has been found a new home with the RSPCA's hen welfare expert (RSPCA/PA)
A dehydrated hen discovered drinking out of a casino toilet is now recovering with the RSPCA

A thirsty chicken discovered drinking out of a toilet in a casino has been found a new home with the RSPCA's hen welfare expert.

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The hen, originally nicknamed Armitage after the toilet it was found in, was rescued from the 24-hour gaming shop Cashinos in Morden, Surrey, last month.

The dehydrated bird was found drinking from the toilet in their shop.

Mia Fernyhough, the RSPCA's hen expert, said it was not known whether the hen, which she has now named Loo-Loo, was lost or abandoned but said it was in a very poorly state and too exhausted to fly.

She said: "She wasn't in very good condition when she arrived. She's missing quite a few feathers but she's on the mend and settling in well.

"It's an absolute mystery how she ended up where she did. We'll never know what happened to her."

Loo-Loo is thought to be an Aseel hen, which originate from India and Pakistan, and is known to be a particularly intelligent breed.

Ms Fernyhough added: "My hens Matilda and Rachael were a bit unsure of Loo-Loo at first as she's quite different to them, both in appearance and - at first - in behaviour too. Loo-Loo didn't seem to recognise chicken food or the trough it's fed to them in so I think she may have been fed kitchen scraps.

"She watches my other hens and copies them so she is quickly getting the hang of things."

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