Man hugging, kissing chicken on NYC subway

In this photo taken with a cell phone and provided by Kylie Kaiser and, a man plays with a live chicken on an uptown No. 6 subway train in New York Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, 2010. Kaiser, 27, an architect from Brooklyn who made the photo after boarding the train in midtown Manhattan, said "It was definitely an ONLY in New York situation." (AP Photo/, Kylie Kaiser)

January 29, 2010 7:58:48 AM PST
New York City's transit agency is investigating a video posted online that shows a man kissing and snuggling a live chicken aboard a subway. The subway rider who took the video said Thursday that it was one of those New York moments she felt compelled to record.

Kylie Kaiser, a 27-year-old architect from Brooklyn, and two friends boarded the uptown No. 6 train at the 33rd Street station at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"He was on his back, rolling from side to side, kissing, hugging and lifting the chicken up in the air," she said.

She said the man was oblivious to everything around him and didn't respond to onlookers.

"It was definitely an only-in-New-York situation," said Kaiser, who moved to the city about three years ago from Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Kaiser said the man looked like he was homeless because he had a shopping cart next to him full of cans and was wearing a shirt with an MTA patch that "looked like he had found it somewhere."

NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said no passengers reported the incident. He said only service animals and those in containers are permitted in the subway system.

Kaiser took the video and photos with her Blackberry and posted them on her blog. The post was picked up by Gothamist, a local blog network, and others.

"I knew it would be a story people would want to hear," she said.