Bhaktapur’s Street Chickens

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal — Livestock in public places no longer merits surprise.

Part of that comes from having encountered dogs and goats in Varanasi, monkeys in Bali, orangutans and dragons in Jakarta, and cows in Kathmandu. Back home in New York, I’m much more used to spotting a pigeon eating a hot dog or a squirrel watching for my burrito to spill.

So, by the time I came across the first instance of chickens in Bhaktapur, I was amused more than anything — especially when I thought about the ear-piercing roosters in Ubud — and thankful they were free-ranging and not subjected to cockfights as in Amed.

 

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