9th July 2013
Wax On, Wax Off
It has been said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. And, if life at a farm animal sanctuary has taught us anything, it is that the animals of this world have the potential to be our greatest teachers. So when our most recent rooster resident joined our ranks, a wise and albeit wayward soul, we opened our minds and our hearts to all he had to share. Having served what could well have been his final days in a local animal shelter, this somewhat world-weary chap brought with him an important reminder that it is not only school hatching project or egg industry roosters who are dealt a raw deal; even the most unique and spectacularly handsome of his kind all too often find themselves lost or abandoned through no fault of their own; their future looking bleak at best; their lives often ended all too soon.
There is no hiding the fact that roosters can be difficult to care for, this is something we know all too well. Noise restrictions and council policies aside, their testosterone-charged antics can lead to fighting between males and can even see the odd unsuspecting human on the receiving end of a well- executed ‘crane kick’. However, although he possesses the potential to do just this, our newest arrival has taught us that violence is never the answer; always acting the textbook gentleman in our presence. Time and patience on our behalf have seen this unassuming soul blossom not only physically but also emotionally, as he now crows with glee and greets us enthusiastically each morning.
And so, what name to bestow upon such a wise, noble and unassuming creature who has taught us lessons about kindness, patience and life itself? Why Mr Miyagi of course! It has been said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear and of our Mr Miyagi and his cinematic namesake, nothing could be more true. The lessons that animals have the potential to share with us are all too often lost upon many within our world. But as his crowing signals the dawn of another new day, we live in hope that Mr Miyagi will awaken the hearts of many more students who are ready to heed the lessons he has to share.