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A truck filled with a cargo of more than 10,000 chicks overturned on a highway near Binzhou, China  ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

More than ten thousand baby chicks spilled out over a highway near the city of Binzhou in east China Tuesday when the lorry transporting them overturned.

The truck driver told Beijing News that the furry cargo was worth approximately 50,000 yuan (£5,000, €7,000). The story was also reported in the People's Daily Online.

People whose cars were stopped on the road by police, and those from a nearby village, scooped and carted off as many of the chicks as they could carry in cardboard boxes, their hands, and folded pieces of clothing.

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A looter carries away some of the 10,000 baby chicks involved in a crash in China. ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Many of the chicks died in the crash, but many also survived uninjured and could be heard crying loudly in video footage from the crash scene.