Most people would picture a Dalmatian dog as the typical fire department mascot, but Nicol Volunteer Fire Department's mascot is a Dalmatian who is more likely to cluck than bark.
Fire Chief Gaston Wilson says the department's 1-month-old Dalmatian chicken is "a cutie."
The Tuscaloosa News reports that the speckled black and white bird is the grand-chicken of Allan Jr., the Nicol VFD's original mascot. He was named after the department's first fire chief, Steven Allan Sullivan, who died in 2008.
She's the third generation in her fowl family to proudly carry on the Nicol VFD mascot tradition.
The department, which is in a converted chicken house, needs a new building and members say they hope the new Dalmatian chicken will help them raise money for it.