Text by Pam Ahern, Director of Edgar’s Mission
‘Enter the Dragon’… Or in this case; the chicken. And what an entrance it was! July 26th 2012 saw the arrival of Bruce Lee, a handsome young rooster, to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary and it was not long before they were made well aware that they were in company of a true star, ‘The Big Boss,’ if you may. In no way impeded by his avian characteristics, Bruce Lee has proven himself to be a master of the martial arts, practicing the art of kung fu, including his signature move, the fly kick, upon all those who dare enter his yard.
However, Bruce has been forgiven for his formidable ‘Fist of Fury’, for his fight is most certainly not in vain. You see, Bruce Lee was just hours away from leaving this world forever by way of lethal injection before being given a reprieve and finding sanctuary at Edgar’s Mission, making him by far luckier than the majority of his rooster brothers who are brought into this world.
Bruce Lee’s life began in a classroom, as part of a chicken hatching project. At the project’s end, he was taken home by a kind, albeit unsuspecting family who felt they could provide a loving and lifelong home for the cute fluffy chick. But all the love in the world cannot negate the reality that roosters crow and not only at the first sign of light but also throughout the day. Their wide range of vocabulary quickly communicates a vast amount of knowledge unappreciated by neighbours and local councils. Nature dictates that around 50% of chicks hatched will be male and with shelters and pounds already struggling to cope with the large numbers of dogs and cats coming into their facilities, the future of these fine young fellows is incredibly bleak.
Only time will tell if Bruce Lee will one day allow humans into his circle of trust and even if he does, we have no doubt that there will always be fire in his heart. That is, after all, the ‘Way of the Dragon.’