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. 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!"
ICYMI, this morning: CHiPs rescuing chicks on I-605. “10-15 (Officer has in-custody) times 17...chickens, that is!” #WhyDidTheChickenCrossTheRoad #WeLikeFastFood but not on the freeway! Chicken-wrangling video in follow-up tweet. ?????? pic.twitter.com/cIoDHgNNx9— CHP Santa Fe Springs (@CHP_SFS) January 2, 2018
The driver transporting the chickens was unaware that the birds fell off the truck and did not stop.
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(Photos courtesy of Colorado Highway Patrol, Sante Fe Springs Twitter.)