Children and staff at a nursery school in Morley were devastated after their last remaining chicken was stolen and later killed in a road accident.
Staff at Hi 5 Nursery in High Street realised their chicken, Sam, had been removed from the coop in the playground.
Nursery manager Jenna-Leigh Taylor said: “It looks as if someone has dragged the chicken under the fence and either let her out or stolen her.”
But when she went searching for Sam, Jenna spotted feathers on a local Zebra crossing where the hen is thought to have been runover by a vehicle.
“I think it’s kids who did it,” she said. “But we don’t know what to say to our nursery children because we all nurtured Sam from an egg until she was 30 weeks old, when she was taken.”
Jenna checked CCTV footage but found it was too dark to make out what happened.
One of the nursery’s other chickens, Chuckles, died due to unknown causes.
Jenna said: “We bought Chuckles as a chick and apparently some chickens just die. We told the kids then, but we are only telling them now about Sam if they ask.”
Most of the children believe Sam is fast asleep in the coop because staff are unsure how to explain what happened.
Jenna is also concerned about similar incidents in the area after her sister’s rabbit was stolen.