Saturday, October 31, 2009
A LOST FRIEND
“Everybody loves the cackle of the rooster, the colors, the long tail.” ~ Keith Gilbertson
The Zoo of Northwest Florida has closed, another victim of the poor economy and a shrinking pool of grant dollars and contributions. What a great loss to Northwest Florida. One of the breeds of animals I grew especially fond of on my many visits were these roosters. We would cross paths often during a visit and I like to think they came to know me. (I have a vivid imagination!) Aren't they beautiful? I'm missing my visits to the Zoo and all of the critters, large and small, that called that place home. I wonder where they all went and if they all found new homes, especially this pretty boy. Hope he's strutting around somewhere lovely.
He is a Welsummer Rooster, a Dutch breed that takes it's name from the small village of Welsum in The Netherlands.