Chicken stranded on busy roundabout near M4 services at Newbury rescued by Hungerford bird sanctuary
A bird sanctuary near Hungerford has taken in a chicken believed to have been marooned for almost a week on a roundabout near the Chieveley service station.
Corvid Dawn Wild Bird Rescue – run by Aimee Wallis – has been looking after the female Rhode Island red, christened Eleverà, since October 17.
Mrs Wallis' friends spent hours chasing the bird, after she was first spotted living on the roundabout around October 12.
It is unclear where Eleverà came from, although Mrs Wallis believes that she must have fallen off a lorry.
However, she said the roundabout was a good choice of hiding place after the chicken escaped, as no predators could reach her there.
Mrs Wallis said: "It's probably the best place, because foxes can't get to her, as there's mostly cars around. So she's very smart."
The rescuer reports that Eleverà is friendly, actively seeking out the affection of Corvid Dawn visitors.
The hen has been mixed in with the facility's other chickens, and is said to be in good condition despite her ordeal.
"Since having her, she's really, really friendly. She'll run up to you for cuddles – my other chickens I've had for ages don't even do that!
"She's the bizarrest chicken I've ever come across, she's really affectionate, loves attention.
"She's actually a brilliant escape artist, and she's taught all of my chickens to jump the fence – she's like a bad ringleader, if you like."
Corvid Dawn takes in around 200 birds per year, and has cared for a huge range of species, from ducks and chickens to pigeons and owls.