Louise and his sister, Thelma, were taken in by Semiahmoo Animal League Inc. (SALI), a rescue organization where at-risk kids can come and work with at-risk animals, in South Surrey, British Columbia. As soon as Thelma and Louise arrived, staffers at the rescue immediately took them to the vet to figure out the best way to treat the deformed chicks.
"It was determined they weren't in pain, but their battle for a long and healthy life had just begun," Keryn Denroche, founder and director of SALI, told The Dodo.
Unfortunately, little Thelma was in bad shape, and ended up passing away. But Louise powered through and continued to grow, and as he did, it became apparent to staff that Louise was not a chicken at all, but a rooster.