Who let the birds out? Chickens run loose on California freeway

Associated Press
A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer collects a chicken which blocked a portion of Interstate 605 in the Norwalk area, near Los Angeles  - CHP Santa Fe Springs

It was a race against the cluck as California Highway Patrol officers scrambled to rescue nearly 20 chickens that ran through highway lanes near Los Angeles.

The agency says the birds blocked a portion of Interstate 605 in the Norwalk area Tuesday morning after their cage fell from the back of a truck.

The agency tweeted photos and video of the chickens on the highway and a motorcycle officer collecting them.

Officers managed to rescue 17 birds. Sadly two died.

One tweet asked: "why DID the chickens cross the road? Because they obviously did not want to become 'fast food' on an LA area freeway, of course!"

The California Highway Patrol says 20 chickens that ran through highway lanes near Los Angeles blocked a portion of Interstate 605  Credit: CHP Santa Fe Springs

The driver transporting the chickens was unaware that the birds fell off the truck and did not stop. 

Some of the rescued chicken in a patrol car Credit: CHP Santa Fe Springs

The owner of the chickens has until January 6 to claim the birds, the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority said. "After that, any qualified person who lives in an area zoned for chickens may responsibly adopt them."