Photo: Belinda getting a medicated soak to help with foot problems related to his mobility issues.

Belinda is the protector of our largest chicken flock. He was rescued as a baby from religious "sacrificial" slaughter in October 2014. Like other birds bred to grow large quickly so they can be slaughtered young, Belinda's body developed too fast for his legs and he has a permanent hop to his walk as a result. An unconventional gait does not slow Bel down, as he can be found hop-walking around the perimeter of his yard each night, making sure no stragglers remain outside at bedtime. The Tamerlaine staff must keep a careful watch on him to make sure he remains at a healthy weight and his mobility issues do not become severe.