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Peepers, Kim Gallant’s hand-raised hen disappears from her home in Rustico

Peepers, dressed in her chicken costume in this file photo, is missing. The one-year-old pet hen disappeared Tuesday.
Peepers, dressed in her chicken costume in this file photo, is missing. The one-year-old pet hen disappeared Tuesday. - Contributed

RUSTICO- When Kim Gallant arrived home from a meeting on Tuesday night, something was missing.

Her pet, Peepers, wasn’t sitting the porch railing of her house, her usual spot, waiting to greet her.

In fact, the free-range hen wasn’t anywhere in sight.

So, she called out her name.

“Peepers usually comes when you call her but not this time.”

That’s when she started to get worried.

“My gut tells me that someone took her. There was no sign of feathers or a squabble. She’s so friendly she would go up to anyone,” says Gallant, who told her story on her Facebook page Wednesday morning.

“I was angry at first. But it’s their problem. Some people might get a kick out of taking things that give other people joy and I believe it will all come back (to them) in the end.”

Peepers sits in the back seat of Kim Gallant’s car, on the way to visit residents in a senior citizens home. The one-year-old pet hen disappeared Tuesday.
Peepers sits in the back seat of Kim Gallant’s car, on the way to visit residents in a senior citizens home. The one-year-old pet hen disappeared Tuesday.

At the same time, she’s feeling sad.

“It’s like losing any other pet. You feel like you’re missing a friend. And, I’m disappointed.”

The pet lover raised Peepers “from day one – the day after she hatched” and the hen-human bond is strong.

“She follows me everywhere, like a budgie bird. She likes to jump up on my shoulder. And if I forget to put her in her cage, at night, I wake up and she’s sleeping on my back.”

Peepers was also comfortable driving in the back seat of Gallant’s car, on her way to Rosewood Residence where she was popular with residents.

“Peepers isn’t your usual pet. She’s an important member of my two-legged family and I hope someone will bring her back to me.”

Anyone with any information about Peepers can reach Gallant at 902-213-1307 or through her Facebook page.

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