Some of the chicklets held a Magic Show for the recovering guests. Alvin, the bunny, was more than happy to pop out of an old battered hat and surprise the chicklets. The show was well received and made everyone feel much better. Several of the rescued chicklets asked if they could be in the next show, if they were well enough, and, of course, the answer was, MOST DEFINITELY. After their treat of freshly baked corn bread, the tiny guest chicklets settled down for a nice long nap. Hopefully, their terrifying nightmares of cages, torture and death, will eventually be replaced with dreams of love, beauty and hope.
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2. Corrin, Alphie, Peeps and Stripes all explored the set, after the hula was over. Stripes attempted to climb the tree but, since it was made out of cardboard, it quickly toppled over. Corrin is going to take hula lessons, starting next week, Alphie just had a good time and Peeps enjoyed the flower lei on her head but said that it was difficult to fly while wearing it. They all had a wonderful time.
3. Clarisa played the harmonica while the well rehearsed trio chirped and peeped, “Come What May.” They received a standing ovation and went on to chirp two more love songs to the delight of their audience.
4. Stanley, a rescued chicklet, gave a reading on the VELVETEEN RABBIT. It was one of the books read to him when he was brought to The Coop. Lucy played the part of the Rabbit. Lucy was one of the Warming Bunnies who stayed by Stanley’s while he healed. They have become fast friends and are usually seen together. Stanley did a wonderful job with his rendition of the VELVETEEN RABBIT and Lucy was spectacular. When interviewed by a reporter from The Chicklet News, Lucy said that her tummy didn’t hurt at all and that Stanley was the real star.
The Party was a great success. Many old friends attended and pages of Animal Rights petitions were signed.
The Hens and Roosters will be in meetings all day today, working on a strategy to save more animals from the hands of humans.
Rene and Flower are meeting with Raiding Party members, who came from far and wide, to plan, exchange news and talk about what works and what does not. They will map out the Factory Farms they will hit next and make sure there are adequate places near by to care for the survivors.
The Healing Hens are meeting with their counterparts and discussing the best way to heal those in their care. The Warming Bunnies are sitting in on the meeting and telling their own stories, which include the length of time they need to stay with a chicklet or hen. The Warming Bunnies feel that they heal more than the bodies of the wounded and broken, they help take away their fear and terror as well. The Healing Hens know the important part the Warming Bunnies play in the recover process and take anything they have to say very seriously.
The Rescue Dogs are meeting to go over the best way to get the chicklets into their rescue pockets and the fastest way to escape. They are also working on new and sleeker designs for Rescue Wagons. The Rescue Horses and Goats are sitting in on their meeting and adding their own thoughts to the mix.
So after a night of fun and frivolity, singing, dancing, laughing and eating, those at The Coop are getting down to business.
The chicklets are cleaning up the debris from the party, and eating. Definitely eating. The Stage Crew is dismantling the things that need to be dismantled and storing them in the party shed for use later on.
Plans for the Easter Party will begin next week and the bunnies are very excited.
Charleen was taking two rescued chicklets, Tink and Tina, to the nursery. Little Sophia, who was rescued two weeks ago, was going to the kitchen to help Aaron and Shirley with the baking. All kindly agreed to have their photograph taken for the community bulletin board.
Marlene looked at the bunnies and choked up. Her eyes filled to the brim with unshed tears and she peeped softly, while clearing her throat.
“Clover and Marcy,” she said, “have gone above and beyond what anyone could have asked from two soft bunnies.” She peeped again and looked at the crowd in front of her. “These two very dedicated sisters, stayed with the rescued chicklets for ten days, never leaving their sides. Turning them and laying next to them to keep them warm, they remained in the nursery. They made sure that the most needy, were under the heat lamps and that everyone was eating properly. Carrots, lettuce and corn were brought to Clover and Marcy by their friends, but they refused to leave the damaged chicklets until they were taken off the ‘danger’ list.
The lives of chicklets were saved by these very brave and sweet bunnies. So this SPEAK OUT is for them.”
Thunderous peeps and chirps went up from the audience and the bunnies were instantly surrounded by their grateful admirers.
“The sun had just gone down and the clouds were moving in. Everything was dead still. Brutus, the German Shepard we all know and love, was standing next to me. Rene and Flower had gone on ahead and were in position to break into the Factory Farm. The roosters and the hens were right behind them. As soon as the clouds covered the moon, the strike team made it’s move. Brutus took off running. I couldn’t keep up because my legs are a lot shorter than his and chicklets are just slower than dogs, I guess. Brutus was wearing the chicklet jacket that the hens made for the rescue dogs. You know the ones, they are black with pockets to hold chicklets, on both side. The ones that go across their backs and snap underneath and tie around their necks. Those,” said Cricket, to the audience.
“Anyway, by the time I caught up, many of the tortured and damaged birds were already being lifted into the wagons and those who could walk and run were being led away by team leaders. The chicklets were placed into carts and pockets. Rene and Flower were bringing up the rear and watching for humans when huge lights went on and shots were fired. Brutus, who was already running back to The Coop, turned and raced back to help Rene and Flower. The chicklets in his jacket were having a bumpy ride but Brutus ran straight for the human, growling and snarling, he threw himself at the human and tore the gun from his hand. Brutus bit the human and the human turned and ran away. Once Brutus was sure the human was not going to shoot at us anymore, he turned, saw two tiny chicklets who were down, laying on their sides, in the grass. He stopped, picked them up with his mouth and ran straight to The Coop. Rene, Flower and I were right behind him. There were no team casualties, thanks to Brutus.
So this Speak Out goes to Brave Brutus. He risked his life to save others. He gently carried chicklets to safety, in his mouth. He carried fifteen others, in the pockets of his jacket. Brutus is a hero and his name will be added to the Speak Out Board of Heroes. We love you Brutus. You make a difference. You save lives and you are our Hero.”
There was much chirping and peeping at the end of Cricket’s speech. Brutus became quite shy and tried to hide. But everyone gathered around him and rubbed their beaks against him. Everyone thanked him and then went back to helping the hens care for the new arrivals.
Tiny chicklet Joy, brought Bruno, one of the rescued chicklets, to meet Leo and Nibbles. The chicklets are planning a Speak Out very soon. Everyone is busy helping their guests but there’s always time for a get-together. Representatives from other Coops will soon be coming to The Coop for classes, lectures and talons-on raids. Word is spreading fast and others want to join in the rescue program. Members of the raiding parties are always happy to teach others how to rescue the animals in their own areas.
Rene is helping his friends hang memorial flags in honor of the battery hens who died, after being tortured by humans at the Factory Farms. The flags will hang in the Great Hall. Several new birds have arrived at The Coop. They began sentry duty almost immediately. Three dogs came by and offered to guard the raiding parties as they do their work. More and more volunteers are arriving each day. Stories of heroic acts are circulating around and the chicklets have begun to write them down. The raiders are brave and fearless. All of them have a single goal…to stop the torture.
Flower is giving several of the new guests a tour of The Coop. Henry, who has taken to wearing sweaters, is by her side. Sofie, just finished with her Occupational Therapy session and was happy to be going for a walk. She is wearing some of the jewelry she has been designing during the evening. Robert, the miniature pony Rene rescued last week, is finally strong enough to join them. Julia, rescued from their very first night out, is healthy and back on her feet, sort of. She sits a lot but she’s walking more. And baby chicklet Joy was released from the nursery early this morning. Flower is keeping an eye on her because she is rather tiny and she doesn’t want her to wander off and get lost. After the tour Flower is taking everyone to the kitchen for some of the hens’ delicious corn bread. Ice cream will follow and then everyone will go back to their guest cottages (and the nursery) to rest. It takes a long time to heal from the inhumane treatment their guests received at the hands of heartless humans.
More guests are arriving all the time. Friends have come to The Coop to help in the rescue effort. The bunnies arrived a few days ago and their main contribution is keeping the wounded company and warming those who need warmth. The piggies do whatever they can, the goats formed a transport group and pull the wounded in wagons and take them where they need to go. The horses go on raids and pull large wagons filled with those in need. The Rescue Effort is amazingly effective. The cruel and hateful humans never think that animals and birds are intelligent enough to be a threat. The crows set up sentries wherever the raiding parties go and send out a call if humans are out and about. Several time they have attacked humans and kept them busy so that the rescue teams could escape. Things are coming together nicely and Flower and Rene are usually in the front lines. They are fast, clever and dedicated. They never leave anyone behind. They are a perfect team. And they love each other.
Some of the rescued chicklets are feeling better. Flower and Betty took them to the pond to watch the Rubber Ducks. Rene went on another raid with the Roosters last night and freed more Battery Hens, two burros and a small goat. Several cats followed them home and are asleep in the kitchen. Party plans have been put on hold, until the work load decreases. The new chicklets have never been out of cages before and while they are often terrified to be outside, they trust Flower, so they follow her and try to stay as close to her as possible. Their chirps and soft peeps help them cope. Flower chirps and peeps to them, in an effort to make them more comfortable. Flower and Rene are having dinner tonight and they are going to talk to Henry about moving into the pig hut with the other piglets. They have agreed that if he is against the idea he can stay with them as long as he likes. Things are moving along nicely and some of the rescued guests are starting to look a bit better.
Medic Sprout, took Flower’s cast off, since she it was wet, grubby and cracked. Rene removed his own bandage, because it was wet, grubby and torn. Both chicklets are fine. Medic Sprout knows that chicklets are rough and tumbley, so she does the best she can, without forcing them to stay in their nest. Now that the chicklets are well, they are plotting their next move.
Debbie wanted to know what happened to Rene’s spoon. Rene returned the spoon to the Bride & Groom who said they were more than willing to look after it themselves, from now on.