'He just showed up one day' and high-stepped his way into the park staffs' hearts'
By Yvette Brend, CBC News Posted: Oct 07, 2016 6:00 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 07, 2016 10:04 AM PT
Ricky the mysterious rooster just showed up one day in Vancouver's Stanley Park.
Since then he's strutted his way into park staff's hearts.
He hangs out near the horse barn, and members of the Vancouver Police mounted unit are familiar with his high-stepping antics.
Recently, he was outfitted by park staff with some handmade Birdy Booties — to help relieve his pain from a condition called bumblefoot, an inflammatory condition and perhaps a little arthritis, say his caretakers who were relieved the beloved bird did not have cancer.
"He loves his booties ... I think I'm anthropomorphizing a bit but when he first got them he ran around the yard. I think he was trying to show them off." said Sheena Urquhart, an apprentice horticulturalist.
When Ricky is in the mood he will hop up on a bench and march across laps.
"He's a total lap rooster," said Urquhart.
Ricky is not the first rooster abandoned at the park over the years.
But he's the first with his own Instagram account (@Ricky_the_Chicky) and a lot of ardent fans.