Heroic rescue of stranded chicken!
SAN FRANCISCO -- A hen, initially identified by authorities as a rooster, was recovering at the SPCA in San Francisco after a harrowing ordeal Saturday.
The fowl, tied to about a dozen helium balloons and set adrift, floated into power lines and was extracted hours later after authorities shut off power to more than 1,800 homes, officials said.
Jonathan Franks, a spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric Co, said what appeared to be a "cruel and unusual prank'' had forced engineers to briefly cut off power to the lines near Broderick and Fell streets.
The hen was then retrieved, untangled and transported to the city's Department of Animal Care and Control, where a veterinarian checked the red-feathered bird, said Judy Choy, a department supervisor.
"When they brought it in, it drank some water and appeared to be in good condition,'' Choy said.
Authorities had been called to the bird's rescue around 11:45 a.m.
A police officer near the scene, who declined to give his name, said authorities had yet to locate the bird's owner. He said that animal cruelty charges could result for the person responsible.
I don't blame the guy for not giving his name...