A rooster in a Dallas hardware store has become somewhat of a community mascot after the city made an exception and allowed Prince George to remain on the premises despite a city ordinance against it.
The outgoing Buff Orpington rooster reportedly started out its life at Dallas' Gecko Hardware Store. According to The Associated Press, a little girl purchased a chick
last year thinking it was a hen, and then later returned it after realizing the rooster was not female.
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Prince George is best known for strutting up and down the aisles, greeting customers with the occasional crow. He's also quite brave and does not allow the neighborhood dogs, no matter their size, to intimidate him while in his domain, The Dallas Morning News reported
According to the store's co-owner, Andrea Ridout, Prince George's personality dispels the aggressive reputation generally associated with roosters. In fact, the hardware store's mascot has proven to be extremely welcoming to customers who frequent the store, having an overall placid nature.
"The putting down of George is the hard part," Ridout told The Morning News. "He wants to be held."
"You put him in their arms, and they just melt," Ridout added referring to her customers' tendency to cradle the rooster.
Prince George was originally named Queen Elizabeth by a local family who purchased him as a chick thinking he was a hen. The family's 5-year-old daughter then had to return the bird due to an ordinance that prohibited residents from keeping roosters in their backyards.
"She was so upset. We promised her we would find him a very special home," Ridout told The Morning News.
Ridout eventually decided to keep the rooster for the hardware store and rename him George, keeping with the royal British theme.
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