Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Angry Rooster

EAST NAPLES: A 20-month-old was taken to the emergency room following an attack by a rooster on Monday. But we found out the animal shouldn't have been there in the first place.

The wounds from Issac Ashley's battle with a bird run all the way up his cheek and nearly into his eye.

"I'm thankful that he's not blinded or maimed in that eye," said his mother Amey.

Amey says she and her young son were playing outside their apartment off Pine Street Monday morning when the rooster attacked.

She says it was enough to send him to the emergency room for hours.

"We weren't sure how bad it was because his face was just covered in dirt, I guess from the chicken's feet," Amey explained.

She said the roosters are her neighbor's and that they run free all the time. She just didn't expect them to fight.

"It happened within three seconds, five seconds flat. It happened before I could even get to him," Amey described.

The neighbor didn't want to go on camera. But she said even though there is a cage in her backyard, the roosters actually belong to a former resident who left the birds there when they went to Mexico two years ago.

Animal Control officers say the rooster wasn't groomed for fighting and was probably just protecting its territory.

"I've been working here for 11 years, and it was the first one that I've heard of," said Dana Alger, a Collier County Animal Control supervisor.

But officers also said roosters shouldn't be there anyway, because the neighborhood is not zoned to allow it. That's why the birds have since been removed.

"That way I don't have to worry about him being out in the yard again," Amey said.

She says it was an unlikely animal attack that she will be reminded of each time she looks at her son's face.

WTF ... Angry Mexican Rooster's protecting their territory?!? And by territory, they mean 'Apartment'?!?

Please ... Animal Uprising 2012 if I've ever seen it. Love how the article ends as well ... 'Every time she looks at her son's face, she'll be reminded of an angry cock pecking at it ... '

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