Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Giant Chicken or Grown Man in Costume?

Footage of a ridiculously large chicken has been sweeping the internet after a Twitter video of the bulky bird was uploaded on Sunday morning. In the clip, the large chicken can be seen emerging from its chicken coop and strutting around its pen, flapping its colossal wings and sauntering around on its massive haunches.

Some Twitter users are actually skeptical that what they’re looking at is — in fact — a chicken.

“So you’re going to tell me that’s not a grown man in a costume!?” wrote one incredulous user. “I still refuse to believe that giant chicken video is real,” wrote another.

However, the chicken, in the footage, reportedly from Kosovo and  named Merakli, is very likely a Brahma chicken, a breed that was popular in the U.S. as a source of meat during the turn of the 20th century. This particular breed can grow to weigh as much as 18 pounds, and was originally developed from species imported from Shanghai. The average boiler chicken in the U.S. weighs just under 6 pounds, according to USDA statistics.

So on second thought, it’s not so surprising that many believe Merakli is just an adult human in a chicken suit.

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