A cockerel has been defended by the aptly-named Julia and Colin Bird after a council threatened to take it away because of its loud call.
The animal, which lives in a field behind their home in Minster, Kent, annoyed one of their neighbours so much they decided to complain to Swale Council.
The authority has now written to the the couple asking how they would feel if it was removed.
‘By “remove” I am sure they mean euthanase, which I’m sure many readers might find as distasteful as I do,’ Mrs Bird, 51, told Kent Online.
‘When the farmers go and feed the sheep they make a noise – shall we complain to the farmers?
‘Should we shoot all the wild birds as they make a racket with the dawn chorus?’
Luckily for the bird it turned out the council were unable to remove it because it was wild.
18 May 2014 | 7:05 pm – Source: metro.co.uk