Northampton schoolboy reunited with missing pet chicken thanks to Twitter user in America

Moulton chicken found on twitter: Tom Cowley, and Ginger.'29/11/11
Moulton chicken found on twitter: Tom Cowley, and Ginger.'29/11/11

A schoolboy has been reunited with his missing pet chicken thanks to a Twitter user in America.

Tom Cowley, aged 11, found himself asking the age-old question ‘why did the chicken cross the road?’ after discovering Ginger just metres from his home in Park View, Moulton.

It turned out the Gingernut Ranger hen had simply crossed the A43 after escaping from the family’s garden.

But it took three days for Moulton School pupil Tom to be reunited with his pet, thanks to social media website Twitter.

Tom’s mother, Louise, who runs a bakery business, said: “It was amazing. I was so sad I tweeted on my business account and a follower in America picked it up and retweeted it.

“We did look for her and asked neighbours but we’d given up.”

Two days after the search began, the retweet was seen by Catherine Inglis, founder of a website created to reunite lost pets with their owners.

Catherine contacted Louise through the social media website and created posters, which Tom put up near the family’s home.

One of the posters was spotted by Emma Maloret, a nursery worker at Tiny Horizons nursery, on the opposite side of the busy A43 in Park View.

Emma knew Ginger was safe in the nursery’s small farm, after a neighbour had alerted them thinking it was one of theirs.

Animal-lover Tom was finally reunited with Ginger last Wednesday.

Louise said: “It’s hilarious really. We’re absolutely delighted.”

Tom, who also has a gecko, three fish and a dog, added: “Ginger has been my pet chicken for two years. When I lost her last week I couldn’t believe it.

“How she crossed such a busy a road and survived I’ll never know.

“When we went to pick Ginger up, as soon as she heard our voices, she came running to the fence. She was extremely muddy from the duck pond at the nursery and was covered from head to toe, but it was great to see her.”