Sometimes the greatest pleasures in life are the simple ones.
Back in 2013, California rescue Animal Place saved 3,000 hens from life on a egg farm. At just a year or two old the hens were due to be gassed — a sad fate for many laying hens. But thanks to their rescuers they had a new life ahead — including some very basic experiences they'd previously missed out on.
Animal Place kept the cameras on them when the hens encountered their first-ever snow day — and the result is pretty darn cute. As the hens pour out of their cozy barn, the frontrunners reach the edge of the snowy white blanket and stop abruptly, leading to a strangely mesmerizing bottleneck of clucking chickens.
A few brave souls venture out into the snow, pecking curiously at it, but the carers go to open the other two barn doors to alleviate the traffic jam. As if by an unheard signal, once the doors are opened, all the chickens run together across the field of white, clucking and pecking happily as they go.
As these chickens show, it's the smallest pleasures that can make the biggest difference.
If you'd like to help care for these hens and other animals like them, you can make a donation to Animal Place: