Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Jungle Jolly

One morning the children and I were starting our home school day, Yekwanaman was starting his language studies, when we heard such a terrible sound! I can not describe it very well. It was weird.

Now, we were accustomed to hearing strange sounds in the village, witch doctors, old Sanema ladies fighting, children running and screaming, but this sound was unique! We all went out to investigate. The sound was coming from our chicken pen.

We tried several times to raise our own poultry. We did. But...between the ocelots and the vampire bats...we were not very successful at it. It seemed we were raising chickens to feed all the wild kingdom of the jungle but ourselves! Still, we tried!

Upon arriving at the chicken pen, we saw our rooster strutting his stuff! He was crowing like it was dawn, only, really off tune!!! And Loud. All the poor hens had their chicks off in a corner under their wings! Daddy Rooster was acting strangely!

We stood and watched for a half hour as this guy, danced around in circles, screaming his head off in what seemed to be a riotous crowing, until... he suddenly jerked himself straight, and toppled over! Stone cold!

We thought he had died of a heart attack! But, no, a few hours later, he was up on his feet, but a bit wobbly. Every time the other chickens clucked, he would bellow in rage! As much as a rooster can bellow!

It seems another missionary working with us at the time had decided to give our chickens a rotten pineapple. Fermented, none the less!

Have you ever seen a drunken roster?

The next day, we heard the rooster once again crowing loudly in the middle of the afternoon. We saw the other missionary walking by the pen with more scraps for the chickens. This time there were no fermented pineapples, but the rooster seemed quite eager to receive one!

After pecking through the scraps, he indignantly, clucked about angrily. I swear I saw him looking out of the corner of his eye with an, "I'll get you!" look at the other missionary!

From that time on, that missionary could not enter the chicken pen without being attacked! Unless he had a pineapple!

I am embarrassed to say that someone in my family would purposely save pineapples and allow them to ferment, just to see the rooster get drunk! Grant it, it was great entertainment for the whole village to watch the drunk rooster! But I always felt a bit sinful, aiding the guy in his binges!!!

17 comments:

Nicholas Z. Cardot said...

Oh my goodness. That is so funny. I have never heard of a drunken rooster before. You horrible person, you! LOL!

Jungle Mom said...

mea culpa!!!

WomanHonorThyself said...

lol...yes are culpa Rita!

Brenda said...

I would like to see a drunken rooster! That is hysterical!

Bob said...

We are getting 100 chickens and six laying hens and 15 turkeys in April. I will try to make sure my teenagers don't read this post, so as to give them any ideas.

Tammy said...

This is hilarious!

Charles said...

That is so funny. Thanks for sharing .

Mishel said...

That was too funny! Thanks for a good laugh! : )

American Interests said...

Enjoyed the read...funny, yet not funny if you get the drift...would have made quite some viewing..a drunk rooster....well I'll be...

Pam said...

Oh my word! Now this is a jungle jolly you have failed to ever tell me. I loved the laugh!

Liz said...

Oh.. I've seen the same movie, hahaha! This happens when you live in the tropics, fruits goes bad very quickly.

Any other bird would get drunk, like the green pet parrots commonly owned by latinos.

Do you know that in 'los llanos' they give liquour to the turkeys just before killing them? Not funny for the poor bird...

Gayle said...

LOL! Drunk on fermented pineapple juice. Too funny!

The birds around here often get drunk on the fermented sap from trees, fly into windows and break their poor little necks, or walk wobbling down the center of the road and get run over. I find it sad, but your rooster lived, so it's hysterical. :)

Teresa said...

Thanks for the story... it is so funny.

Brooke said...

LOL! Aiding in the delinquency of a rooster, eh? LOL!

That was TOO FUNNY!

Happymama said...

My favorite thing about your blog is when you tell your stories from the jungle. This was is right up there with the soap stone. HILARIOUS!

~Kristi

groovyoldlady said...

What is that Proverb???? Something about not looking at the pineapple when it is rotting....

Bob said...

Four of my favorite songs were on that list!