Therapy chicken cheers nursing home residents (videos)

He's the size of a softball and never is going to lord it over a barnyard. He's got a soulful sort of cluck and never is going to wind up on a plate next to the potato salad.

No, Mr. Joy has a higher calling. Mr. Joy is a therapy chicken.

Everyone's heard of dogs that cheer the sick or comfort the lonely. But these golden retrievers have nothing on the three-quarters-of-a-pound Old English game bantam rooster owned by Alisha Tomlinson of Charlotte, N.C.

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