YOUNG Sherlock doesn't like anyone messing with his girls, as his boss, Ruby Roper found out this week.
"I got him to protect my hens," Mrs Roper said of her rooster, Sherlock, as she lay in her hospital bed in Gympie yesterday. "And that's what he was doing.
"He did his job well," she said, showing the four deep cuts where Sherlock had slashed her ankles with the spurs on his legs.
So Sherlock is safe from the cooking pot, for now.
"He was only doing what roosters are supposed to do, look after the hens," Ruby Roper told The Gympie Times yesterday.
"I wouldn't like it to happen again though," she said.
"I normally take a few scraps down when I let them out.
"I stepped back and trod on one of his hens and he went berserk. He thought I was attacking her.
"He kept coming up behind me and slashing."
Mrs Roper, of Settlement Rd, Curra, nearly suffered heart failure after the incident on Tuesday, which left her faint and with what an ambulance officer said was "almost zero" blood pressure.
"I bought him because the magpies were having a go at the hens.
"It's about 100m to the house. It was hard to get back there because the bleeding was so bad.
"I sat down and couldn't stop the bleeding.
"I thought I was going to have a heart attack," she said.
"I couldn't see where I was.
"He's a big rooster. Even dogs are afraid of him.
"Then he had to crow to let me know he'd won.
"It's not something I'd like to happen again.
"He's only a young rooster. He'd be nice and tender," she said.
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