An animal-loving Otematata farm worker said he felt
''physically sick'' after he returned from a Christmas holiday
to find someone had yanked the display feathers from his pet
Brian Ross said he had returned from two days away on Boxing
Day to discover his 4-year-old rooster had been left
traumatised by the actions of apparently drunken youths who
plucked the cock's tail feathers.
''We believe it happened between 24 minutes past midnight and
1am on Christmas morning. Our neighbours heard people
yahooing at the time.''
Mr Ross said the whole of the rooster's tail had been
plucked, which would have caused the bird a lot of pain.
''They have pulled the whole lot out one by one, and we are
not talking about small feathers.
A 4-year-old pet rooster recovers from having his tail
feathers pulled out on Christmas morning. Photo by Andrew
''Whoever it is who has done this, they are sick and they
The rooster had previously been happy to be around people,
but was now frightened of humans, he said.
''He's not a happy chappy.''
Police in Otematata said they had no suspects for the
incident, but Detective Warren Duncan said anyone with
information should contact either the Kurow or Otematata