Students and staff at Benalla P-12 College are elated over the safe return of Comb-over Carol and Afro Jack.By Monique Freer
Shifty Shirley and Afro Jack have been reunited with Comb-over Carol at their home at Benalla P-12 College.
The chicken and mop top bantam rooster were returned to the Faithfull St campus last month after a Benalla Rural City employee read of their theft in the Ensign.
Benalla P-12 College teacher Philip Hunter said the chickens had been left in a residential property near FCJ College and were collected by Benalla Rural City compliance officer Mark Lindsay before being temporarily held in the dog shelter.
‘‘They were picked up, but the dog pens at council weren’t appropriate,” Mr Hunter said.
Instead, they were taken to a farm at Tatong, where they remained until Benalla Rural City compliance officer John Marsh read of their theft in the Ensign on September 11. He contacted the school and the trio was reunited.
‘‘They were in really good condition,’’ Mr Hunter said.
‘‘They were spot on, there was no mistreatment.
‘‘I just can’t believe they got flogged, weren’t harmed, were in dog pens, went out to Tatong and then returned to their original home.’’
The chickens were part of the innovative Year 9 ‘‘advisory’’ program that launched at Benalla P-12 College this year.
When stolen in August, Mr Hunter filed a police report, but did not expect them to be returned.
However, since their happy return Comb-over Carol and Shifty Shirley have begun laying eggs and are content to wander around the feet of the Year 9 students while they tend to the rapidly growing vegetable garden.
Sadly, Afro Jack died two weeks ago because of illness.
Mr Hunter said he would look at getting another chicken for the program soon.
‘‘The VCAL Personal Development Skills class is building a new shelter and we might put one more in once that is done,’’ he said.
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