A Zoological Discovery: Animal Kingdom Celebrations!

So today seemed to be a fairly ordinary day until I left my house.

Then things got a little weird. I couldn’t explain them at first, but I think I’ve finally hit upon the reason.

Today is a day of celebration in the animal kingdom. Today the fauna are honoring… The Chicken.

And how DO you honor the chicken? Well, by PLAYING chicken, naturally.

During my commute to work this morning, I slammed on brakes, swerved violently into other lanes of traffic to avoid:

  • One bunny
  • One black squirrel
  • One regular squirrel
  • One groundhog
  • Three individual small black birds
  • One group small black birds
  • One seagull
  • One large butterfly
  • One larger butterfly that, okay, turned out to be a cellophane wrapper.

Every one of these animals ran and/or flew directly into the path of my car. Many of them then froze and stared at me as I approached.  Every single one of these animals played Chicken.  And it wasn’t just me, either, lest you think I’m some sort of unwitting Disney princess.  I also was forced to swerve on several occasions in reaction to other drivers avoiding collision with partying animals.

You may notice that, although various woodland creatures celebrate this holiday, it is far more important to birds, which seems natural, given the background of the celebrant.

So, if you’re headed onto the roads, keep an eye out for animal celebrators who might just try to play Chicken with YOU!


8 Responses

  1. You mean you’re not supposed to celebrate the chicken by eating it?



  2. I completely agree with this post. We actually HIT a squirrel the other day, and it was not the only thing running in front of our car, either. I haven’t been in a car that hit an animal since I was three years old, so I was a little traumatized. Why does it seem that the animals are more fearless lately? Is it just a summer thing? … More teenager squirrels practicing their independence by springing in front of traffic?

  3. Ha ha ha ha. This was a great post to start my morning. So fun. And the cellophane wrapper? More ha ha ha ha ha. Thanks!

  4. Glad I’m not the only one who swerves to avoid animals – birds are the most stupid of creatures on the roads I travel. Especially pheasants.

  5. Oh my! I’ glad you’re okay. Are you sure they just weren’t all undercover working for Geico??

  6. Maybe an earthquake or other natural disaster is about to hit and they’re all trying to evacuate?

  7. Thanks so much for joining my blog, and a big congratulations on your new representation! How exciting! You know, this post reminds me of the time my sister and I were in the car together. I was driving, and a great big black bird swooped in front of my windshield…as if he were trying to out fly the car. I laughed so hard that it was all I could do it keep the car on the road. Thanks for giving me a good laugh this afternoon – I needed that!

  8. Rather nice blog you’ve got here. Thanks the author for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read more on that blog soon.

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