Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the bus stop, of course. When a Transit Authority bus driver discovered an early morning rider who had not paid her fare was a hen, he enlisted the help of a handy kennel worker to deliver her to a most desirable destination, the American Society for "the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Like many of us on an early morning bus, Henrietta (newly named) was "stressed, undernourished and unkempt in appearance" according to press reports. "Her mutilated beak indicates an unhappy home life in an egg factory, where beaks are cut to lessen pecking "of other hens tightly crammed into the battery cages.
Dr. Arnold Plotnick, ASPCA veterinarian, declared Henrietta, uncaged and happy on a fattening regimen, to be a "nice chicken...calm, quiet and mellow." To which we will add intelligent. In the grid of a complex public transportation system which some of us riders never quite figure out, Henrietta found the correct bus route and a compassionate driver. Adoption procedures for Henrietta, who presented Dr. Plotnick with a thank you egg, have now been finalized.
Photo: Henrietta is held by Dr. Arnold Plotnick of the ASPCA in Manhattan. Henrietta was found by a bus driver and brought to the ASPCA. (Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News)