One of the things that strikes me when I’m traveling around town is the impressive number of animals in the city. And I’m not just talking about dogs and cats. (There are about 8 cats that hang out at our townhouses without belonging to anyone. The stray dogs are legion.)
No, I’m talking about animals you can eat. While walking home from the grocery store last week, I saw a man with a rooster tucked under his arm. And if you walk up the road from our house to the barber shop, you will pass similar roosters, still in possession of their heads, either in cages or staked to scratch in the dirt, with a string around one leg.
This probably accounts for the din of crowing that happens every morning around 4:30. I drive to Faith Academy via Circumferential Road, which is a pretty major street. Grazing along the side of it last month were a couple of sheep. To be clear: this is not someone’s yard: the right hand side of Circumferential is a five foot wide strip of vegetation bordered
by a concrete wall. But the most charming sight for me is the pair of cows that are pastured in a large yard near Faith Academy itself. It does not appear to be a dedicated cow field, and I have
never seen more than two cows in it at a time, watched over by boys with long sticks sitting on the concrete walls of the houses around the yard.
There is also a fenced lot in the other side of the SIL driveway. Sometimes there’s a cow in the yard without a fence; sometimes in the fenced lot. The cows are usually tethered by a nose ring. This week, there was a calf, tethered, but on the wrong side of the fence, just sitting there in the sunshine.