Truck driver Warren Padgette was driving down the highway in Washington and saw an unusual sight: a chicken, lying limp in the middle of the road. Padgette approached the fallen bird, assuming she was dead. But then her eyes blinked, and he knew he was looking at a survivor.

The chicken had fallen off a truck headed to the slaughterhouse. But instead of being killed that day, she made a new best friend, who took her home for a refreshing bath and blow-dry.

Padgette and the chicken — now aptly named Lucky — are inseparable these days. She loves to cuddle and perch on his shoulder. She looks like a whole new bird now, no longer pumped with hormones and plagued with bald patches from the inhumane factory farm conditions.

Learn how you can help stop the suffering of birds like Lucky with PETA’s vegan starter kit.