A lost, poorly chicken made her way to a casino in a busy area of London in search of a bit of luck.
The RSPCA came to the rescue after the bird was found at a 24-hour gaming shop – Cashinos – in London Road, Morden in Surrey on Wednesday, 16 September.
It is not known whether the bird was lost or abandoned but she was in a very poorly state and so dehydrated she was forced to drink from a toilet.
RSPCA inspector Lynn Marshall said: “This chicken was clearly in need of a bit of luck so managed to make her way to a casino.
“It wasn’t a win she was after though, more a rescue, as she was in such a terrible state. She’d clearly had to fend for herself for quite a while.
“It is difficult to know for sure where she may have come from. She may have escaped from a home and ended up straying but the area where she was found is pretty built-up – an unlikely spot to keep a pet chicken.
“It is also possible of course that someone may have dumped her there.
“What we do know is that she was very poorly. She was extremely dehydrated – which had caused her to go down a toilet and try to drink from the water there. She was then so weak that she didn’t have the power to fly out.
“We have called her Armitage – after the toilet where she was found.”
Armitage was taken into care at a boarding facility and has needed to be nursed back to health as she could not eat at first and was very underweight and neglected.
It is hoped that she will soon be ready for her forever home. Anyone interested in rehoming Armitage should contact the centre where she is being cared for on 01959 573317.