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Best buddies: Fluffy chicken saved from a laboratory forms adorable bond with
two-legged Chihuahua dumped in ditch
Daily Mail Reporter
16 February 2014
A silkie chicken and a two-legged Chihuahua who were both rescued from
certain death have formed an unlikely friendship in Georgia.
Penny the chicken and Roo the Chihuahua were rescued by Alicia Williams of
Duluth Animal Hospital, who says the pair have become inseparable.
As well as playing together and sharing nap time, the bird and dog share all the
attention lavished on them by customers at the animal hospital.
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Forever friends: Penny the silkie chicken and Roo the Chihuahua have a
Friend in need: The pair leave an adorable set of prints behind as they play in
snow for the first time
Penny the chicken was the first of the friends to be rescued. She was nine weeks
old when Ms Williams, an animal science student, saved her from a laboratory.
'She was an experimental chicken in the program and she had run the course of
the experiment, so that was it for her,' Ms Williams said. 'I happened to be
there ... I asked if I could have her instead of them doing anything with her. I
brought her home.'
Then, in February last year, Roo the Chihuahua was found shivering in a ditch in
a park. The seven-week-old pup, who was born without fully formed front legs, is
believed to have been abandoned by dog breeders.
'It was probably a backyard breeder, breeding a bunch of puppies and he ended up
deformed,' Ms WIlliams told the
Gwinnett Daily Post, adding that it had been freezing on the night he was
Best buddies Roo the Chihuahua and Penny the chicken
Buddies: The chicken and Chihuahua enjoying playing together at their home or
Nap time: Penny and Roo love to snuggle up together for a snooze
The dog and chicken not only found a safe place to live with Ms Williams, they
also found the perfect playmate in each other.
The pair share an animal carrier to work each day, where they keep staff and
clients at the animal hospital entertained.
Photos of the fluffy friends' antics have also attracted plenty of attention to
the animal hospital's
'They get along really well,' Ms Williams said, although she admitted that
sometimes Roo runs his chicken pal over with his custom-made cart.
Snow day: The dog and bird explore a wintry garden together
Explorer: Roo, who was born without front legs, uses a custom-made cart to get
Second chance: Penny the silkie chicken was saved after being used as part of an
animal science program
'Penny gets excited when Roo is around because she knows he’s got treats and
food all of the time ... [Roo] loves snuggling with her because that’s his big
teddy bear,' she said.
The pair have recently been enjoying playing in the snow together, leaving
behind an adorable blend of prints.
And they have been melting hearts across the U.S. after cute pictures detailing
their special bond went viral.
Adorable: The fluffy friends pose for a Valentine's Day picture
Festive: The pair pose for a holiday photo as they celebrate finding a secure
Fancy: The animal friends show off a pair of colorful tutus
Bond: Penny and Roo have become inseparable since being rescued by Alicia