PO­LICE, FIRE­FIGHT­ERS COME TO RES­CUE OF 91 WAN­DER­ING HENS

National Post (National Edition) - - CANADA -

Po­lice and fire­fight­ers north of Vic­to­ria were called to five dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on the Saanich penin­sula Thurs­day to catch 91 hens. Of­fi­cials quickly hatched a plan to herd the birds into a tennis court while wait­ing for an­i­mal con­trol crews to ar­rive. Cen­tral Saanich Const. Ann Piper says civil­ians helped with ef­forts to cap­ture the mis­laid egg lay­ers that were wan­der­ing in the mostly ru­ral area. She said farm­ers told of­fi­cers the hens looked old and past their prime, and one had to be put down. Large com­pa­nies that han­dle chick­ens were con­tacted and Piper said none were miss­ing any birds. Piper said ev­ery­one is still brood­ing over the ques­tion of where the chick­ens came from. Of­fi­cials are hop­ing the owner comes for­ward, but the chick­ens could be adopted if that doesn’t hap­pen.

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