Talented chicken plays piano at Honolulu ZooUPDATED 8:08 PM HST Feb 21, 2014Video Transcript
Robert, thanks. A talented chicken is turning heads at the Honolulu Zoo. Keepers have trained a chicken to play on the piano along with some other tricks. KITV-4's Ashley Moser is GOING WILD! ALL NEW at 6... 01 17-21 128-132 7:18:52 "YOU WANT TO PET THE CHICKEN?" 7:18:56 Hawk is no ordinary hen. Sure...she lays an egg once a day and eats chicken feed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But keepers say she's a bit different than the rest of the bunch. Miki 7:17:21 "I'VE TRIED DIFFERENT DIFFERENT CHICKENS. BUT HAWK HERE SEEMS TO BE THE THE MOST WILLING TO LEARN. SHE'S EAGAR TO LEARN. 7:17:32 Keeper Miki Magatoshi trained Hawk to ring a bell...leap through a hoop and even play the piano. Tricks that some say couldn't be done. Miki 7:18:07 "CHICKENS ARE SO UNDERRATED BECAUSE EVERYBODY THINKS CHICKENS ARE DUMB CHICKENS CAN'T LEARN ANYTHING. ALL THERE GOOD FOR IS...YA KNOW ... TO EAT AND LAY EGGS. BUT WE'RE HERE TO PROVE THEM WRONG." 7:18:20 And prove them wrong ...they did. Keepers trained Hawk in 4 months to perform for crowds at the Honolulu Zoo. 7:05:40 "CLICK... 'HERE'...DING DIN DING ...DIIING DIN DINDIIING." 7:05:52 They not only taught her to tickle the ivories..but also to recognize different colors. 7:11:44 "SHE CAN DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT CHIPS. AND TO PROVE IT... WE'LL MIX IT UP. SO INSTEAD OF HAVING THE RED CHIP IN THE MIDDLE. 7:11:56 7:12:02 "WE'LL PUT THE RED CHIP ON THE END. SEE? GOOD!" 7:12:07 Standup - Ashley 7:22:34 "BUT THE KEEPERS SAY IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF THIS CLICK click THAT SHE KNOWS SHE DID SOMETHING RIGHT." 7:22:42 7:15:45 "POSITIVE REENFORCEMEN T. THAT'S HOW WE GOT HER WITH THESE BEHAVIORS. 07:15:50 She says training promotes mental stimulation. The idea is to keep the training sessions short and sweet so that the animals won't get bored or frustrated. Magatoshi admits that Hawk can be difficult at times ...but she says it's worth it. 07:13:32 "SHE MAKES A LOT OF KIDS HAPPY. AND IT KIND OF PROVES THAT CHICKENS ARE UNDERRATED. YOU KNOW. CHICKENS THEY CAN BE SMART, THEY MAKE GOOD PETS." 07:13:44 As for the answer to that infamous question 'why did the chicken cross the road?' ...In Hawk's case...it may just be...to play the piano. Ashley Moser... ...kitv 4 news! Keepers say Hawk will perform 'happy birthday'