All that Glitters is Indeed Golden!
With no need for a Coco Chanel creation or Gucci accessory, our Paris and Nicky Hilton are glamorous girls. However, their circumstance of needing sanctuary was not.
Hatched at a research facility, kindness was their “get out of gaol” card that swept them and their buddy away to a loving home. Alas, a not-so-loving predator was to claim the life of the third sweet turkey. And, too, the confidence of the human charged with their care.
Arriving at sanctuary, still shaking off the last remnants of their ordeal, dear Paris and Nicky nestled down in a bed of golden straw within our barn.
And quickly found the catwalk to a golden place in our hearts.
They are imbued with their own sweet personalities and charm. Whilst our affections for them are driven by emotion, modern science and popular thought are only just beginning to break the ice on the rich emotional world of this much-maligned species.
And although not suffering the crippling genetics that make miserable the lives of their factory-farmed cousins, they too are outliers to the mercy of many, and our wanting animal protection legislation.
However, that can all change when one comes to the realisation that we cannot hold a reverence for life whilst excluding all its glorious and glittering, furred, fleeced, finned and feathered forms.
For their lives, too, are truly golden indeed.
Little did we know, on the first night we met Soldier, that the inky darkness of the sky above was to be foreboding of her fate. She, patiently waiting roadside with the humans who had come to her rescue after the vehicle collision that had rendered her immobile.
With his glistening red comb flopped outrageously over his eyes and his body ensconced by the most silky soft of feather boas, made of the real deal, Earl’s haute couture may not look out of step on the catwalk of Fashion Week or even the cover of Vogue.
Whilst it is hard to define, it is easy to feel, just what makes Special special. For it takes but a moment with this happy-go-lucky little chap to intuit this.
Having difficultly seeing his new world around him, at first Peaky Blinders would scoot away at the mere hint of our presence. But now not so.
Within metres of the road the tiny bird fluttered and flipped. At first thought to be a grey pigeon clipped by a fast-moving car.
As farmed animals, in the scheme of things, it never ends well for them. And every action thus far afforded this mother and child had fuelled their point of view.
There is little doubt Brunswick is a beautiful bird. His magnificent plumage captures the eye, whilst the brilliant radiance of his comb and wattles sets the heart a-flutter.
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.