A Chinese hen that walks like a penguin

A strangely behaved hen has appeared in Jiang Su Province, China. The strangeness began when the hen was learning to walk, the hen’s owner noticed that it walked exactly like a Penguin – it stood straight up while walking, and forgot how to fly back to the roof-top chicken coop with the other chickens, and can only stay on the ground alone.

Standing proud



According to the owner, the hen was bought in the Spring, and when it was young and learning to walk stood out from the others, and now walks just like a Penguin. The more the owner watched the hen’s unique walk, the more they came to like her, and now treat the hen just like a pet.

Walk like a Penguin

Rooster: why do you hide your bum while walking?
Hen: Its the latest fashion!

The Penguin-walking Hen is not only renowned in China, but also reported by the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, who did a special report about it and likened it to BOBO from Happy Feet, who found his own way to live his life.


Pinyin: mŭ jī
Zhuyin: ㄇㄨˇ ㄐㄧ
English: a hen (the news actual says 雞母, although this is Taiwanese, in Chinese 母雞 is used)


Pinyin: qì é
Zhuyin: ㄑㄧˋ ㄜˊ
English: a penguin


Pinyin: chū xiàn
Zhuyin: ㄔㄨ ㄒㄧㄢˋ
English: to appear


Pinyin: xíng jìng
Zhuyin: ㄒㄧㄥˊ ㄐㄧㄥˋ
English: behaviour (usually negative), 行為 is generally used for behaviour.


Pinyin: guài yì
Zhuyin: ㄍㄨㄞˋ ㄧˋ
English: strange, odd. Similar to 奇怪.


Pinyin: yóu yú
Zhuyin: ㄧㄡˊ ㄩˊ
English: owing to, due to, because of

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  • Bahaha. Woah that’s strange! Looks so odd. I wonder if there is a video of it walking somewhere. Would love to see it.

  • The first thing I did was look for a video but couldn’t find it, If I find it I”ll be sure to post it up