Remember the story about Captain Puffel Face and Tiger, the chicken and kitten pair from Horsham Downs who became media stars late last year?
Daniel Lynch’s chicken had gone missing from their Horsham Downs home, and when found, had a stray kitten under her wing, says mother Stephanie.
The Campbell Live news team have been back, and last Thursday filmed a follow-up on the pair’s antics – it should appear any day now.
News of the unlikely twosome first appeared in Number 8 Network (Yay!), then a story appeared in the Waikato Times – and the Marlborough Times – before it made it to Campbell Live.
Stephanie says the whole thing was a lot of fun, and was more popular than a story about Sweetree Honey which appeared at the same time.
“It definitely got more coverage, it was such a cute story and captured people’s interest. A few people commented on how nice it was to have a good news story in the media for a change.”
Daniel was cheered at Horsham Downs school after the clip was aired and a couple of young kids even asked for his autograph. “He thught it was fun and had a great time. The reporter was wonderful and made him feel comfortable and just be himself.”
Captain Pufflel Face is not broody anymore, and is back perching in a tree at night with the other chickens. “Tiger was sleeping in the bushes underneath. We decided to bring her in at night, she sleeps in the bathroom and we pop her outside again in the morning.”
The two still spend time together and Captain Puffel Face is still protective of the feline.
“It’s very sweet. Tiger wants to play with the chickens now and tries to jump and play with them but they’re not having a bar of it!”
She says the family cats, however, are not too happy about having another moggy in the house so they are playing it by ear. “I guess in time they’ll get used to each other. We never really planned to have another cat but we have fallen for Tiger, she has a real personality. She is tough and sweet at the same time.”