Chokin' Tha Chicken!

Straphangers on the uptown 6 train had to stand clear of the clucking poultry last night when a man wearing a shirt with an MTA logo began wrestling a live chicken.

Riders cleared out from their seats as the unidentified man, lying on the subway floor next to a grocery cart loaded with beer cans and junk, manhandled the fowl.

An intrepid rider posted a 1:15 minute video of the incident to his Web site that was later picked up by the blog Gothamist.

It depicts the man hugging and holding the chicken over his head in the middle of a subway car. Other riders are standing by snapping photos and recording the bizarre scene.

Live animals not in an "enclosed container" are not allowed on the subway, according to MTA rules.

If the animal is in a holder, it should be "carried in a manner which would not annoy another person," said New York City Transit Spokeswoman Deirdre Parker.

"Since the man with the chicken is wearing what looks like an MTA patch on his sweater, I have asked personnel at the Department of Subways to look at the photos to see if he can be identified," she added.

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