Pets & Animals

Man sailing around the world with his chicken as pal, passenger

Sailing solo around the world can be a lonely business, and it can be good to have a "little buddy" along for the ride.

For some, that's a cat. For one 24-year-old Frenchman, Guirec Soudée, that's a chicken.

Yep, a chicken. A hen, to be specific, named Monique. And she is quite the fine feathered friend.
Guirec Soudée and Monique and the catch of the day.

As he told the BBC, he met Monique when she was just four or five months old and had "never left the Canary Islands. I didn't speak any Spanish and she didn't speak any French, but we got along."

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Monique has never been, well, chicken about new adventures.

On a wing and a prayer, the pair set off to sea. He picked her because a) he wanted some company and b) he could use the eggs. (Unstated was that if things got desperate, he'd have another source of protein on board as well.)

He wasn't sure at first whether she'd travel well.

"At the beginning, I was very worried," he said. "There would be huge waves and she might stumble, it would look for a second like she might go overboard, but she would always regain her footing. She's very brave."
Man and chicken float!

Apparently chickens can get their sea legs, too.

Here's a video of some of their adventures:

As the pair continued their journey — after the Canaries they headed to the Caribbean and are now up at the Arctic — Monique proved to be exactly the plucky companion Soudée needed.

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Eggcelent work, you two!

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See more of their adventures on Soudee's webpage and Instagram.

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