Custody battle waged over California chicken who caused traffic flap

(AP Photo)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP/KRON) — Authorities have captured a felonious chicken that fouled up rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco.

The bird was snared Wednesday after the morning commute and put in a patrol car for a visit to a veterinarian.

The California Highway Patrol said the small, brown chicken had been reported running in the lanes of a toll plaza on the Bay Bridge.

The agency later posted a photo of the “felonious fowl” in custody on its Twitter account.

 

Three people have since come forward claiming ownership of the small brown chicken.

The Oakland Animal Shelter has the chicken that strutted between cars at the Bay Bridge toll plaza.

Animal Services Director Rebecca Katz says people claiming ownership of the chicken, named Chip in a nod to the CHP, need to come to the facility with proof, such as previous photos of the famous foul.

Two rescue groups are also interested in Chip.

On Thursday, Chip laid an egg. But the shelter will likely swap in a substitute egg for her to sit on, because it doesn’t want any more chickens.

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