Q. Why did the chicken cross the road?
A. To get to the car park for a bit of rest and recuperation, as it turns out for these three well-cared for fowls.
Owner Aung Myint is so strapped for space in his garden-less terrace in Holbeck, Leeds, that he brings his trio of female birds to work with him.
The car park attendant lets his two Scottish red hens and one French white hen go about their business among the scrub land off Whitehall Road, near the city centre, while he keeps an eye on the fleet of commuters’ cars.
The unusual sight has become a bit of a local attraction, especially for workers in the No1 Leeds building opposite which overlooks the car park.
And after a hard day’s graft, Aung packs up ‘his girls’ into their cages and takes them home in his car.
He told the YEP: “I haven’t got enough space for them at home. They live in a cage in my kitchen, but are very noisy at night.
“I can let them out in the bin yard, but there’s a chance of them getting infections.
“So I bring them with me now and let them scratch around in the grass for insects while I’m at work.
“They’ve learnt to stay in one area and come to me when I use my special call.”
The 37-year-old fell in love with animals, and particularly wildfowl, when he rescued a water-logged duck as a young child back in his homeland of Burma which is next to Thailand.
He said: “When I was eight-year-old I found a duck that was ill. We lived in the countryside so I took him in and looked after him. I also kept fish as well.
“My mother died when I was 13 and my dad died when I was 19-years-old. I’m mixed-race and had to flee because of racism.
“I came here as a refugee in 2007. I’ve always kept birds, so it made me feel at home to have these chickens.
“I am on the lookout for a cock for these hens to give me eggs which will hatch.”