An elderly man has turned down an offer of 11,000 GBP for a rooster-shaped bush he has been trimming for more than four decades.

 

Wang Genliang, the senior citizen from East China’s Jiangsu Province, is now the owner of extremely hot property after his "cock bush" started being noticed during the Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Rooster.

 

Because chickens - and in particular roosters - are this year’s Chinese zodiac sign, many people have come to admire the 78-year-old’s holly bush, which he said was gifted to him in the 1970s.

 

When his friend gave him the bush, it was still young and very small, but over the course of some 40 years, Wang has seen it grow to 2.5 metres (8 feet).

 

When the chicken zodiac last came around 12 years ago, and every cycle before that, no one took notice because of its small size, but now Wang says he has had to refuse the 100,000-RMB (11,496-GBP) offer from a neighbour who wanted the lucky bird in his own garden.

 

Netizens on Chinese social media have called Wang "crazy" for turning that sort of money down, but the pensioner explained: "I couldn’t bear to part with it."

 

Trimming the bush is his hobby, Wang said, and he does not need the money.

 

He can be seen a few times a year climbing his ladder and maintaining the plant, ensuring that it remains in the shape of a giant cock.

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Author: Scott Feng

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