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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chickens as Pets

Jilin Province, China, March 3, 2009--Move over, goldfish. Chickens are now among the most popular pets for Chinese children, such as the tot pictured above buying a chick in a bag from a vendor outside a primary school.

Like their aquatic counterparts, pet chickens don't have very long life expectancies, usually hanging on for just a few days or weeks. Some that survive only last long enough to become dinner, and a rare few remain in the household as pets.

As always, National Geographic has some greats pics, but this one I love!

Apparently, as the quoted story above says, chickens are now the "in" pet to have. I don't have one, so I'm not sure what that says about me, but I still love the photo!

Check out the original National Geographic story here.

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