Meet the Animals: The Black Roosters (aka “The Hateful Eight”)

Eight black roosters were found as chicks on the tarmac at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. These young boys started out as a wild bunch, running around at the airport, dodging rescuers, and avoiding any chance of capture. It was quite a scene and caused much commotion among passersby, and airport employees.

But finally, SASHA Farm to the rescue and now SASHA is their home forever. The first order of business was to give names to these crazy little guys. At the time the Quentin Tarantino movie called The Hateful Eight was playing in theaters, so the whole wild bunch was named The Hateful Eight, after the characters in that movie. Although three have passed over the years, five of the eight are still going strong, and we mean that literally.

The ringleader is Quentin. He has a few white feathers on his tail. The one with a missing eye is Samuel L. The others are Tarantino, Mannix, and Oswaldo – the animal care team can tell them apart by the shape of their combs. The Hateful Eight have truly earned their nickname as a group, as they are indeed the not-so-friendly bunch of all the bird residents. But why would they trust humans – the species who deserted them and left them to die on the tarmac? Plus they are only doing what they were meant to do as roosters – protect their flocks.

Not much has changed since they arrived at SASHA, which makes many of us chuckle. However, though they like to taunt all of the volunteers and staff with their powerful kicking abilities, each beautiful boy has the responsibility of a flock. Quentin, as the overall leader, watches out for predators and protects all the others.

It is often hard for some humans to understand the nature of these roosters, but the loving and compassionate Animal Care team at SASHA treat them with all the love, respect and compassion that they deserve as individual sentient beings. They belong at SASHA and we are humbled to have the privilege of caring for them.