The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

Photographer and visual artist Ernest Goh is known for his work photographing wildlife and other animals. His latest book documents the strange world of chicken beauty pageants in Malaysia where he encountered a breed of bird called the Ayam Seramas, an ornate chicken raised not for its meat but purely for its appearance. These chickens not only have decorative plumage but possess the ability to strike ridiculous poses. You might think these photos are somehow manipulated (or worse, the animals forced into these positions) but a behind-the-scenes video by Goh shows the chicken’s ability to strut just as depicted. The book, titled Cocks: The Chicken Book, is available now through his website. All photos courtesy the artist. (via Peta Pixel)

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