Sunday 17 November 2019

Mystery of pink chickens solved

Bruce Whitman's chickens were dyed pink (Multnomah County Animal Services/AP)
Bruce Whitman's chickens were dyed pink (Multnomah County Animal Services/AP)

The mystery of Portland's pink chickens has been solved.

Multnomah County Animal Services said the birds' owner told the agency he used food colouring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile".

Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland said the prank succeeded beyond his wildest hopes. In his words: "I didn't expect to get this many people to smile."

He said he tucked the chickens into a tree to roost early on Thursday in a waterfront park, figuring they would wake to a good day with water nearby and bugs to eat, spread some smiles and he would pick them up in the evening.

He soon heard news reports saying the birds had become poultry celebrities.

Animal Services billed Whitman about 16 dollars per bird for their time in custody, and cautioned him about the risks of releasing birds in public places.

He said he probably won't do it again - but he and the birds have now been invited to a couple of parades.

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