Chicken and Cat Found Cuddling Together After Escaping Fire


Inspiration | By Julio Childress | August 15, 2018

We've all heard the joke format, "why did the chicken cross the road?" While this joke format isn't known for being hilarious, it is still a classic. As far as the answer goes, it has come in many forms. People will always come up with a new answer to this classic joke.

Who knew that nature would create the perfect answer to this joke. While it may not be a funny answer, one cannot argue that it's true. The reason the chicken crossed the road is to cuddle the kitty. That's right. This isn't a joke. This is a true fact that happened in the wake of the recent Bay Area fires.

The Bay Area is currently suffering from horrible wildfires that are growing in severity, affecting the Mendocino Complex. In the wake of these fires, evacuations were made, and unfortunately that meant that pets and animals were lost, but two unlikely friends found eachother in this time of need.

The Story Behind the Fires

The fires are affected the Bay Area of California. Specifically, this area is the Mendocino Complex. Between the 23rd and 26th of June, the fire had doubled in size, prompting evacuations of the area. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection stated that the first had consumed 163,000 acres, and was at a 45 percent containment.

It requires the effort of many different fire fighting teams to battle the fire. It's size is simply too large for one brigade to be able to contain. One such team of firefighters is the Grass Valley Fire Department. They went in to respond to the fires on June 26th, which is where they stumbled across two friends sheltering each other from the deadly blazes. These two friends were none other than a chicken and a cat.

An Unlikely Pair Finds Each Other

It was the Grass Valley Fire Department who came across these two critters huddled together while they were cleaning and surveiling the fire damage. Via a Facebook post, the fire department had this to say: "While conducting their mission, the Grass Valley crews came upon an unlikely pair of animals impacted by the fire. In the doorway of a home, they found a cat and a chicken huddled together for safety and support."

The cat is Whiskers, whose owner Jennie Sierra, had been worried about her son's cat ever since they had to evacuate. Via TODAY: "I prayed to God that my son's cat would be OK. I asked Him to put a bubble of protection around our property and that's what He did." Luckily that bubble of protection came in the form of a chicken friend.

The Fate of the Animals

The chicken and the cat made news headlines, which is how the owner of the chicken, Niko Kuyper, had found out that the chicken was safe and sound after neighbors had seen the chicken in news reports. Kuyper had this to say: ""We were kind of shocked to see what looked like our chicken in these news reports. We have six chickens, but this one has a bit of a personality; she's a bit feistier, so we think that probably helped her through all this."

Whiskers the cat suffered from burnt paws due to the floors becoming incredibly hot from the fires, but she looks like she'll pull through. She is currently receiving medical help at a local animal shelter. As for the cat and chicken's friendship, we will have to wait and see if their friendship continues.

Did You Know...

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They may be beautiful, rich and famous, but celebrities are human too, and that means they're just as prone to getting sick as the rest of us. And just like us, some celebs even live with chronic conditions that can take a toll on their day-to-day lives. But eczema – also referred to as dermatitis – is a common dry skin condition. Symptoms include dry, itchy, red and scaly skin. In more extreme cases, the skin can crust and bleed. According to the National Eczema Association, 1 in 10 individuals will develop eczema in their lifetime. And given these statistics, it’s hardly a surprise there are a few celebrities out there who have eczema too.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, 37, suffered from eczema in her teens. Kate was bullied heavily whilst attending Downe House girls’ boarding school, according to the Duchess’s friend Jessica Hay. According Hay, Middleton’s bullies made fun of her eczema. ‘It didn’t help that she was so tall and self-conscious about her eczema,’ Hay told CelebNow. Studies have shown children with moderate and extreme atopic dermatitis are more likely to suffer from conditions like anxiety and low self-esteem, which has a knock-on effect on their school work and ability to make friends.

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Although Brad Pitt, 55, has not spoken about the issue himself, his co-star Cate Blanchett disclosed that Pitt was suffering from eczema during filming of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In an interview with Scotland’s Daily Record, the actress said, ‘We went through three weeks of make-up tests and he was covered in eczema from it all.’ Blanchett sweetly loaned Pitt her skin cream to deal with the dermatitis, that had developed due to the use of prosthetic makeup worn during filming. Prosthetic make-up isn’t the hugest concern for us non-Hollywood folk, nevertheless, what is a concern, is how makeup can trigger eczema flair up. Unless makeup brushes are constantly washed (let’s be real, they’re not), they become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to clogged pores and irritated sensitive skin.

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Adele, 31, stated that her eczema flared up when she became a new mom. During a press conference in 2013 after her Golden Globe win for Best Original Song for the Bond film Sykfall, the singer said: ‘I am exhausted. That’s how [motherhood] changed me. I have eczema from boiling bottles.’ Research carried out by the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) has revealed that contact dermatitis has the potential to have ‘detrimental’ impact and in the worst case scenarios can even threaten some sufferers ability to work.


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