Insolite — When I came to California 10 years ago, I discovered with awe that ever more bizarre animals could become pets in US households. It had amusing opportunities to pet a bunny, a python, and a dwarf pig, but never had I encountered a pet chicken before Henriette.

At first glance, the beast did not look too odd, save for a somewhat unusual fondness for humans:

It turned out, however, that events prove me otherwise. The bird knew a few tricks: