How did the chicken cross the road? By taking a ride on the TTC

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A well-behaved chicken, which has now gone viral, was spotted getting a lift from the Toronto Transit Commission earlier this week.

In a video shared on TikTok and captioned “Just Toronto things,” the chicken can be seen casually strutting in a subway car.

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Once it arrived at its stop, the owners apparently had no issue putting the chicken back in its carrier and going about their day.

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Still, the TTC is reminding passengers that pets and animals need to be leashed or secured in carriers.

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While service animals may accompany a passenger at any time, leashed dogs and other pets in carriers are welcome to travel on the TTC during weekends and weekday off-peak periods, before 6:30 a.m., again from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and after 7 p.m.

Of course, the chicken is far from the first animal to capture the attention of fellow passengers.

In 2017, a raccoon caused a rush-hour delay after it boarded a subway train at Bloor Station on a Friday morning. The raccoon was captured by TTC special constables using a special stick with a lasso and was held until Animal Services arrived.

It mirrored a similar incident in 2016 when a raccoon once again caused a morning rush-hour delay when it boarded a southbound train heading toward Spadina Station. In that case, however, the raccoon departed on its own terms, exiting once the train arrived at the station.

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In 2018, in an incident described as “shellfish behaviour,” a TTC passenger placed four live crabs on the seats around him on a crowded train.

Prompting TTC spokesman Brad Ross to issue a statement. “Crabs belong in buckets not on TTC seats,” he said.

Earlier this year, a reptile enthusiast was seen riding a subway train on the Yonge-University line with a large yellow boa constrictor wrapped around his shoulders.

The incident was filmed and posted to TikTok with the caption: “The things you see in the TTC.”

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