We have really amazing animal luck. I mean, it’s not like we go looking for pets. Seriously, other than the guinea pigs we’ve never actively sought pets to bring home. And yet…. Somehow, over the years we have ended up with a dog (who unfortunately passed away last year), a one legged chicken and her ever growing posse of hens, a couple of cocks (roosters), eight chicks and a tankful of very dramatic fish. And as of yesterday we are also the privileged guardians of a partridge. Yes, as in, a pear tree. I know right? Where did this extended family of creatures come from? We are sanctified with visits and strays, each arriving in a colorful array; Jamaica’s version of the animal kingdom.
Around here we believe that animals are magic. They carry a history of symbolism, folklore, cultural significance, signs and wonders to the human family. When we pay attention, and learn how to read them, we can garner valuable lessons from the messages they bear. Thus, when the wounded, baby, partridge arrived on our veranda we were immediately curious as to the meaning of it’s visit.
With a little research we’ve determined that partridges (part of the pheasant family) bring stories of fierce independence, love, fertility and cunning powers of deception. If the female birds feel threatened by a predator they will sometimes fake lameness or wounds to ward danger away from the nest. Yup. Total tricksters (for the greater good of course). Who knew?
Our partridge, Free Bird, aka Chippy, appears to have flown the roost to soon.
For me, birds are always a symbol of freedom and living above the hustle. Independence inspired. Flight. Migration, etc., hmmmmm, (more on this topic soon). I have intentionally avoided the acquisition of any more pets until we are settled on our own piece of land. But by some stroke of animal fortune, we continue to receive temporary and permanent invitations from the universe to act as care takers for some of the most vulnerable. What a blessing. Our plan is to nurse the bird back to health and flight status and release it into it’s natural habitat. The King has created a make shift cage that should be quite comfortable for our new found friend. And the children are beyond themselves with joy and responsibility.
Have you received any animal messages as of late? Do tell. I love this stuff!
One Love, walk good, Welcome, Freebird Chippy…