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These chicks were found abandoned by the side of the road in Alexandria, Va. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
These chicks were found abandoned by the side of the road in Alexandria, Va. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
They had been shipped across the country in crates, and were still in their original packaging when the authorities found them. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
They had been shipped across the country in crates, and were still in their original packaging when the authorities found them. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Terry Cummings, director of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, says they appeared to be just a few days old. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Terry Cummings, director of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, says they appeared to be just a few days old. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Cummings says abandoning chicks has become a big problem in the region. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Cummings says abandoning chicks has become a big problem in the region. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Many sanctuaries are forced to turn away discarded animals because the farms and shelters are filled to capacity with unwanted creatures, Cummings says. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Many sanctuaries are forced to turn away discarded animals because the farms and shelters are filled to capacity with unwanted creatures, Cummings says. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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The new refugees will spend the rest of their lives at Poplar Spring, Cummings says. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The new refugees will spend the rest of their lives at Poplar Spring, Cummings says. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
They will not be slaughtered or sold. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
They will not be slaughtered or sold. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
And their eggs will be given to carnivorous wildlife, such as foxes and raccoons. They will not be sold to humans for consumption. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
And their eggs will be given to carnivorous wildlife, such as foxes and raccoons. They will not be sold to humans for consumption. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Once the baby chicks are old enough and have been screened for disease, they will be transferred to this coop to live with the other hens and roosters. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Once the baby chicks are old enough and have been screened for disease, they will be transferred to this coop to live with the other hens and roosters. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Hens tend to mate with only one rooster, while roosters mate with several hens. Sometimes fights break out and the animals have to be separated. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Hens tend to mate with only one rooster, while roosters mate with several hens. Sometimes fights break out and the animals have to be separated. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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If hens and roosters dont get along with others, they will be separated from the general population and placed in these private homes. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
If hens and roosters don't get along with others, they will be separated from the general population and placed in these private homes. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
One of the roosters now living at the animal sanctuary was found crossing Connecticut Avenue by the National Zoo. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
One of the roosters now living at the animal sanctuary was found crossing Connecticut Avenue by the National Zoo. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
They named that rooster Russell Crowe. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
They named that rooster Russell Crowe. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
This Japanese silkie chicken is a rare breed. The species is coveted for its soft feathers, which resemble fur. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
This Japanese silkie chicken is a rare breed. The species is coveted for its soft feathers, which resemble fur. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Her name is Audrey, and she enjoys being petted. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Her name is Audrey, and she enjoys being petted. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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Other animals live at Poplar Spring, including many goats and other wildlife. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Other animals live at Poplar Spring, including many goats and other wildlife. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Even groundhogs get their homes. This one even has a sign above its door that reads, Home sweet hole. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Even groundhogs get their homes. This one even has a sign above its "door" that reads, "Home sweet hole." (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Poplar Spring is situated on 400 acres in Poolesville, Md. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Poplar Spring is situated on 400 acres in Poolesville, Md. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
The sanctuary accepts volunteers, and also hosts events throughout the year. There will be an open house and fundraiser Oct. 6. More information can be found here. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The sanctuary accepts volunteers, and also hosts events throughout the year. There will be an open house and fundraiser Oct. 6. More information can be found here. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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