Your Afternoon Animal Fix

If you have any fun or interesting animal/pet photos please shoot me an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say what neighborhood you’re from or upload to the PoPville flickr pool with your pets name and neighborhood. I can’t guarantee I’ll get them all posted but I’ll do my best.

“Elena from Capitol Hill”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Rooster (Gallus gallus) at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, in Prince George’s County, MD. The out-of-place male chicken was running free around the park, mainly along the waterfront and by the playground. There weren’t any rangers or other park officials around, otherwise I would have mentioned and inquired about the welfare of the chicken. Not sure if he is an escapee from a farm, a released pet, or whatnot. I hope he’s OK. Should I call some sort of farm animal rescue organization? He didn’t seem to be in any obvious distress, but can they survive on their own?”

“Minnie from U Street/Columbia Heights enjoying the smells at Locolat! “

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  • I saw a rooster at Bladensburg Waterfront Park recently. It was pretty early in the morning (around 6:00) and I was on my bike. Reminded me of Key West. I wonder if that’s the same one.

  • Chickens can survive just fine in the wild as long as they avoid predators. If there’s grass they can graze like a cow and they’ll eat every bug in the vicinity. The rooster is probably right at home.

  • Saw a similar rooster walking along the stone wall in Rock Creek Cemetery on the North Cap side. I guess there is no ban on rooster walking yet.

  • This wouldn’t be PoP without a weekly post with yuppie hand wringing.

    “Farm animal rescue organization”?

    • You got a small soul there, buddy, if you can’t appreciate one person showing concern for a fellow living creature.

      • I would feel more concerned if it were a cat or a dog – but not a male chicken.

        Just being honest!

        • Which is your prerogative, but why make snide comments about the person who does care?

          • Because it’s ironic that a homeless chicken would probably raise more concern than the thousands of homeless men, woman, and children in DC.

          • A bullshit comment. You have no idea what the LW, or other commenters, feel about the homeless.

          • Really? Who gives a flying f*** about a rooster? Much bigger problems in the city people.

          • For any problem you can think of, there’s always a greater or more pressing problem. That doesn’t mean we should look the other way when we come across a smaller issue. I happened to notice this rooster in a place he shouldn’t be, and thought I’d look into it. As an animal lover, I hate to see them suffer needlessly, so why not inquire about it? It seems he’ll probably be OK, so there, that’s fine. I’m satisfied, he looked healthy, so all is well.

  • That’s a pretty fancy-looking rooster!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Feral chickens are pretty common and generally do just fine. Such hand wringing!

    • All the locations listed in the Wikipedia entry as having feral chicken colonies are warm-weather areas (California, Key West, etc). What will happen to this rooster in the winter here?

      • Perhaps he’ll become the main ingredient for a hearty, delicious coq au vin!

      • My friends living at the far northern end of Manhattan had a very healthy year-round feral chicken colony in a vacant lot next to their building. The fancy fellow will be fine, until he is dinner for a hawk. Circle of life.

  • OK, perhaps I was engaging in a little city-boy hand-wringing over the welfare of this rooster. I dunno, I was born and raised on Long Island. But, seriously, what happens in winter? Will he survive, or freeze to death?

    • The cold of winter isn’t the problem. Their natural foods aren’t around so they can’t get the calories unless someone feeds them. Also if they find a nice cozy fen in which to sleep and keep warm, they would probably be attacked by rats. Bladensburg has foxes…so not a good outlook.

  • Kitty feet are adorable.

  • Yay for Minnie! She is a doll!

  • Black Schnauzers and Tortoise shelled kitties! Looks like my house!

  • I enjoyed the tortie’s pink paw pads immensely

  • I love Elena, the rooster and Minnie 🙂 Animal Fix has helped me smile during some terrible days.

  • There are some cases of cock fighting in the city. Might have been worth it to call Washington Animal Rescue League or the city’s ASPCA. Just a thought. Other than that, this guy looks pretty happy struttin’ around the block.

  • My chickens do fine in the winter as long as they have each other to nestle with or a fair amount of bedding – we use hay or straw, leaves would also probably work.

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