There are moments when the actions of these animals amaze us. Their actions can be unbelievable. Such is the story of Jack and Jackie.
Jackie is a cat, and a pretty amazing cat at that. Jack is a young rooster, and was supposed to be a hen. Jack was attacked by another chicken. When we found him, his face was covered with blood and one eye was closed. We cleaned him up, doctored his wounds and isolated him. I did not feel hopeful that he would recover. Jackie watched me clean and care for his wounds. She sniffed his face gently. She knew Jack was injured and would need care.
The next morning he was still alive, but both eyes were shut. Jackie jumped up into the pen to check things out. She purred loudly and sniffed his face. Jack had to be hand fed and watered. What would I do with a blind rooster I wondered?
The next day Jack was placed on the ground, I talked to him so he was safe. We were afraid that Jack would need to learn how to live as a blind rooster. He listened to the sound of my voice and if I quit speaking, Jack turned his head trying to find the sound again. Jackie stood beside Jack, maintaining contact the entire time. She guided Jack as he walked. Jack did not mind and seemed to appreciate her company.
Jack improved and was able to open his left eye. He was then able to see his helper and realized she was a cat! He appeared to think about it for a moment, but decided that it would be okay for Jackie to continue to help him. They were friends despite their differences. The pair walked side by side in the yard. Jackie took her duties seriously and kept a check on Jack when he was in his pen.
Jack regained sight in his right eye and Jackie’s help was no longer needed. Jackie realized this and began to keep her distance from Jack; he is after all a rooster. Her job was finished. The pair remains friends, but from a distance now. Jackie showed compassion for an injured animal and cared for him the best way that she could. This story was amazing for us to watch and we were reminded that animals are as amazing as we will allow them to become.