We named her Beauty quite simply because she is. And although only 24 hours into this world, it was a beauty that radiated well into our hearts only moments after our first meeting.
We closed our eyes and imagined her dear mumma lovingly licking Beauty clean as she lay freshly birthed on the ground before her. Beauty’s body steaming with the warmth of her mother’s womb, her wet fur cowlicked this way and that by the raspy tongue that came imbued with the purest of love.
Yet despite this bond being of the most beautiful form, it was one that circumstance dictated could not last.
But Beauty has.
And as her tiny form wobbles forward with her tongue desperately scoping for its target, it takes on a life of its own. Searching for the teat she knows should be there.
Alas, it is not.
So fresh into this world, Beauty is naturally confused, yet readily accepting of our surrogate efforts. Latching on to the teat, the bottle of which is clasped between our hands, we are treated to the glorious sight of her drinking in its goodness.
And as Beauty’s unbridled innocence floods us all, almost bringing us to our knees, she reminds us that we too can be beautiful, through the simple act of kindness.
Around 4.40 pm on the 11th of January 2023, hope met the reality of our promise, as the last Silkie rooster was removed from the tiny wire prison that had been his home for heaven knows how long.
Just over a week on from that fateful day when the plight of hundreds upon hundreds of sweet Silkie chickens came under our radar. And so too our kindness.
With his eclectic mix of colour and an outrageous little “do,” dear Elton John stands before us today.
Camouflage – synonyms: disguise, hide, conceal, keep hidden, mask, screen, veil, cloak, cover, cover up, obscure, shroud.
There’s a Starman in our little brood of rescued Silkie roosters. And although we know he’d like to come and meet us, his little side-steps tell us perhaps that time is not just yet.