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Published:February 24th, 2014 15:11 EST

Chicken at the Honolulu Zoo Plays the Piano: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"In addition to laying eggs and chowing down on chicken feed, a talented hen at the Honolulu Zoo has apparently learned to play the piano.


Hawk the hen has been trained to ring a bell, leap through hoops and tickle the ivories by zookeeper Miki Nagatoshi."


Chickens are notoriously difficult animals to train, when they are on stage, and everybody is expecting them to perform a relatively easy trick like ringing a bell, they usually end up laying an egg.

I can tickle the ivories, but I am too chicken to perform before an audience. Kudos to Hawk for having the gumption to entertain her audience of small children. Hawk performs regularly, and she never ends up with egg on her face.

Why did the chicken cross the road? In Hawk`s case she crossed the road to ring a bell, leap through a hoop and play the piano.

Believe it or not, it`s not unusual for a chicken to play the piano; there are dozens of videos on YouTube featuring chickens tickling the ivories.

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