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.) 20130415-101135.jpg

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. 20130415-100745.jpg

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. 20130415-101257.jpg

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.

20130415-072326.jpg It makes one wonder what more productive use could be made of all the grass in American suburbia.


One comment on “Livestock

  1. Claudia Colvin says:

    Cows in suburbia would ruin all the flower beds just like the deer are in our corner of what is rural America, not worthy of the term “suburbia”, since the nearest “urbs” is 8 or 9 miles from here and not much of a city to my eyes. That was a cute calf though and would find some sympathetic folks here — same people that protest our deer herd being “culled” the last two years because it was judged too large for our area to sustain on the available vegetation. Two hundred fifty deer were taken down this past season (less than six months long) and yet we occasionally see five running together near our house with no cull currently planned till next fall.

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