Chicken ‘Henny Penny’ sneaks through Pentagon security

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Chicken crossing street, photo: Erik Karits via Canva

A chicken was found on Monday in a high-security zone at the Pentagon, surprising the heavily armed guards. There was no explanation how the chicken was able to enter the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.

After being cornered, the bird was handed over to the animal shelter Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA).

“Very early this morning, this chicken was caught sneaking around the security area at the Pentagon (we’re not kidding), and our officers were called to come pick her up,” AWLA in its Facebook page, adding “Apparently, the answer to ‘why did the chicken cross the road’ is…. to get to the Pentagon?!”

“Sergeant Ballena brought her safely to the shelter where she’ll stay until we find a new home for her,” AWLA said.

When AWLA asked for suggestions for a name, they got numerous responses, with many favouring Penny (Pentagon), full name Henny Penny.

“A chicken with military secrets? How about Doodle? Short for Yankee Doodle Pigeon, the cartoon character that delivers military secrets in the cartoon Stop That Pigeon… Except she’s a chicken, not a pigeon,” another person said.

“Our officers have chosen the name Henny Penny for our #pentagonchicken, and she will be going to live at a local animal sanctuary very soon,” AWLA said Tuesday.

Pentagon security did not explain how the chicken gained access to the area.


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