I wasn't sure where to stick this, so here's where it ended up.
Please bear with me since I don't remember a lot about this damn story (if I did, I'd have likely found it by now). All I can recall is it was some odd science-fiction short story that dealt with the capture and exploitation of a feathery alien named Ch-Stal. The alien was featured on things like cereal boxes and on television sitcoms...sadly, I do not recall the ending.
I read this in seventh grade, so it's been a while. Is anyone here familiar with the story?