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No joke: Chicken crossing road blocks Ore. traffic

Published: August 14, 2014 4:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland, Oregon, police were told there was a chicken -- and it was attempting to cross the road.

In fact, the citizen who called the police non-emergency line on Monday evening reported that the chicken's efforts to cross a road in a north Portland neighborhood were bringing traffic nearly to a standstill.

He assured the dispatcher he was not joking.

The dispatcher chuckled -- and asked a clarifying question.

"It's just the one chicken?"

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The caller said yes.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says responding officers were unable to locate the chicken.

And so, he notes, police "were unable to determine the chicken's intent."

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