The Best Present Ever!
For five lucky chickens, Christmas just got a whole lot brighter as they just received the best present a chicken ever could.
But it was not to be found as they sheltered and scratched about under the low-hanging branches of the tree the abandoned quintet had gathered. Granted though, the soft soil did offer many delectable treats.
No, the far grander bounty was to come as loving hands clasped firm their wings to their sides and gently placed them one by precious one into a secure and comfortable pet carrier – a far cry from the two cardboard boxes that lay open nearby.
The haphazard placement of these giving the greatest of hints as to how the vulnerable animals had been ferried to their dubious fate.
A quick scout around the outer Melbourne suburban cricket ground to ensure no one was left behind and the curious feathered wonders were then sanctuary bound.
With full health checks complete, it was revealed that the hapless birds had brushed up against more than the one unkindness: all suffered lice infestations and were underweight; one timid hen was found to have multiple fractures to her leg that will require extensive surgery; another had succumbed to a reproductive issue common to her breed for which treatment has hastily been enacted.
Yet despite it all, the birds have readily taken to receiving the full brunt of the best Christmas present a chicken could ever find – a future.
And a bright and shiny one at that.
So named to reflect this festive time of year are these lucky birds: four sweet hens, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, and a handsome white rooster now affectionately known as Saint Nick – for all surely were found in the nick of time.
Footnote to this story: Please remember this, that the true meaning of Christmas is compassion, and spreading peace and goodwill to all regardless of faith or form. With this in mind and heart, the best present we can give is one that does not require wrapping or bows, nor does it cost a cent, for it is our kindness. And best given in abundance.
Blending tragedy with hope comes Nepal, a sweet little Merino lamb, born one of triplets, who sadly became separated from his family.
While logic tells us he did not fall from the sky, he might as well have, for from where he has come, we cannot ascertain. It is as if he is nobody’s cat. And here now, he most certainly is.
Few things in life tug more at the heartstrings than when you see the life draining out of the eyes of an animal. And when that animal is but a youngster, the tug becomes an all-consuming wrench.
Found wandering on a highway that homed no sheep, it is believed that dear Jump did just that.
They have been declared the comedians of the barnyard (goats, that is) and proving this statement is not a work of fiction come Frick, Frack and Applejack.
It was the message we prayed we would never have to send – well, not for many a year anyway – to our team.
As a young first-time mum, having barely hit puberty, Margaret found herself in the direst of situations. Recently having given birth, and suffering a life-threatening prolapse, she did not know what to do.
Meet Annie Yokely and Mary Poopins! A community Facebook post was to prove the lifeline for two plucky and adventurous hens. It, too, was to prove just how maligned, disregarded and poorly protected their kind is.