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November 5, 2001

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Red Rover, the Pet of the Day
Name: Red Rover
Age: Two and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Key West Gypsy Rooster
Home: Key West, Florida, USA
   This is Red Rover, a magnificent Key West gypsy rooster with a rose comb. He has an insatiable lust for hens, brawling, and life in general. Red Rover was born on Grinnell St. and he now lives at the Chicken Store, Key West, Florida, which is the headquarters for the Rooster Rescue Team. The Rooster Rescue Team takes care of any sick wounded or orphaned wild chickens in Key West. Red Rover has an important job: he "calls the other roosters over." He helps me catch wild roosters by calling to them.

    The chickens of Key West are like none other: descendants of back yard layers and gamecocks from Cuba and the Bahamas, they are multicolored, light of foot and of wing, devoted to their family and their friends, and prepared to live free or die trying. For about 200 years they have roamed free, welcomed everywhere because they eat scorpions, ticks, termites, cockroaches, and the many other insects which thrive in the tropics. There was even a line in City Code which declared: "Chickens are a protected species in Key West." Recently, that protection has been removed and some people have started a war against wild chickens in our southernmost island city.

    Besides being a handsome guy and an ambassador for chickens, Red Rover helps us help the wild chickens of Key West, and is a very important member of the team!

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