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Rosie is one lucky bird, thanks to special care of Sioux Falls, SD, P&DC employees who took the chicken under their wing until she could wing her way to her final destination.
The prize-winning show bird had been sent as a gift from California to Mt. Carmel, TN. But the owner put a wrong ZIP Code on the label and the bird landed in Sioux Falls P&DF –– a thousand miles away from where it belonged.
And right behind her arrival an Arctic cold snap rolled in, which prevented any live animals from flying in the bays of airplanes.
There was no other choice but to keep the bird at the plant. The owner was called who consented to her care and gave special feeding and care instructions.
The employees at the plant cared for her during her stay. Rosie dined on various breakfast cereals, fruit and cat food. Using a lid from a small container, she even had a custom watering dish.
Using an air vent tab and tape, an employee gave Rosie had a secure perch where employees could keep an eye on her –– and she could have a bird’s eye view of what was happening.
“She was very social and comfortable,” said Mail Processing Clerk Alice Kadinger. “She didn’t seem to feel cooped up at all.”
The new owner, Shalla Miller, was thrilled with the extra care that went into her prize bird.
“She’s in the pen with her mate right now and she’s obviously very happy to have warmer temperatures,” said Miller. “She’s not interested in any more side trips to the Dakotas anytime soon.”
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