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Turning off the main road onto
Store Bay Local Road, I see a
small black thing in the middle
of the junction.
It is a baby chicken, wet and
bedraggled from recent rainfall. It
is confused, trying to cross what
must be, from its perspective, a
never-ending expanse of asphalt.
Seeing no sign of a mother or
other baby chicks, and not wanting
the chick to get crushed, I stop
my car and pick it up.
My dog Venus, who is in the car
with me, sniffs curiously at the
black fuzzball in my hand. Ever
since her first chicken catch she
has, like many dogs, loved to chase
and sometimes bite these com-
monly-seen birds. But with this
little chick, she is curious rather
Back at home, the chicken seeks
warmth and finds it with Venus.
Chirping loudly, she cuddles
against the warm canine body.
With surprising maternal gentle-
ness, Venus proceeds to lick the
small creature s face, allowing it
to nuzzle against her chest.
I name her "Magnet," amused
by the way she sticks to Venus and
follows her around. I keep watch
over them since Venus, always
eager to play, could easily crush
the chick with just one friendly
touch of her paw.
As I write this, some days later,
Magnet sits peacefully on my foot,
chirping loudly. She is a yardie ,
according to friend of mine who
once owned chickens and had a
special indoor hen called "Bokbok"
(named after the noises she made).
Yardies are the can-survive-
anything common chickens seen
around Tobago---pecking around
in gardens, laying eggs in public
places, bustling through Scarbor-
ough, traipsing through the airport
near the sugar cake vendors, tra-
versing the streets with string of
chicks in tow and courageously
escaping oncoming traffic...or not
(hence the occasional sight of black
feathery pancakes on the asphalt).
The general population basically
ignores the chickens, which are
quite like the avian version of stray
dogs...but for some people, these
common creatures become loving
and intelligent pets.
For three months, before giving
him away to a small family, Gian-
carlo Lalsingh of SOS (Save Our
Sea Turtles) Tobago, enjoyed hav-
ing "KFC", a chicken, as a feathered
friend. The bedraggled KFC had
wandered into Giancarlo s living room
and, after being fed and given water,
decided to stay.
"Chicks bond very quickly to any
person or animal they perceive as their
mother ," Giancarlo says, "so he would
follow me everywhere in the house and
garden. He needed to be taught how
to forage on his own, so I would sit in
the garden, and "peck" at things with
my hands, to show him what he could
eat, and soon enough he was foraging
on his own."
Some of KFC s favourite foods
included unsalted peanuts, lentils with
hot pepper, coo-coo and corn pie.
"Basically anything he would see me
eating, he wanted to try," Giancarlo
"But I had to be careful not to give
him certain foods that can be poisonous
On evenings KFC would come
indoors and jump onto Giancarlo s lap
to be patted and scratched like a dog
until he fell asleep.
Beautiful relationships are formed
and powerful lessons learned when we
embrace each other s differences--shar-
ing love across race, gender, religion,
status and species.
"As Trinbagonians we look at chick-
ens as, and pardon the pun, a box of
KFC or Royal Castle," Giancarlo says.
"What I realised is that chickens are
interesting, quirky, full of personality
and very loving animals. Because of
my experience, I ve stopped eating
chicken and eggs. I eventually hope to
stop eating meat altogether."
All about KFC, the chicken
Venus the dog spending
quality time with Magnet
the baby chicken.
we look at chickens
as, and pardon the
"What I realised is
that chickens are
full of personality
and very loving
animals. Because of
my experience, I've
chicken and eggs. I
eventually hope to
stop eating meat
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