Meet Betty the Chicken, the world’s first tweeting animal

Meet Betty the Chicken, the world’s first tweeting animal

Move over, Common Squirrel. Step aside, Stockington the Cat. There’s a new animal presence on social media, and she’s not using humans to translate her tweets.
Betty the Chicken directly broadcasts her thoughts to the 38K Tweeters that follow her employer, an Australian fast food restaurant named Chicken Treat.
Using the computer placed inside her coop, Betty regularly pecks out fascinating tidbits of chicken wisdom, like the popular “u xv x nmun,” or her Halloween post: “,,,,ml vht ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.”
Betty’s strings of nonsensicality echo the entertaining tactics of Chick-fil-a’s meddlesome cows or Foster Farms’s feathered foes, but Chicken Treat claims her role serves more than a clever marketing ploy.
According to the company’s YouTube commercial, this chicken is destined to make history by being the first animal to truly Tweet, a feat that would get her immortalized in the Guinness Book of World Records.
She’ll need to pound out a proper five-letter word to do it, but so far her posts have stayed more “Chickenese” than English. “Bum” seems to be Betty’s best. (Although followers found “YO L O” to be pretty exciting.)
Of course, some animal rights activists see Chicken Treat’s stunt as fowl — er, foul play. After all, Betty is working on behalf of a company that profits off her barbequed brethren.
To counteract the backlash, Chicken Treat Tweeted that its display “has been approved by [the Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] & abides by all standards regarding animal welfare.”
The restaurant also advertises Betty’s rest days and often shares videos and images of her quarters, “the luxurious Chicken Tweet HQ.”
With the world watching and Chicken Treat gaining more followers daily, Betty’s noisy nonsense seems more than just another cry in the crowded, competitive world of social media entertainment.
As Chicken Treat put it: “She may be the voice of a new generation.”

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