||Two and a half years old|
||Key West Gypsy Rooster|
||Key West, Florida, USA|
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
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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