If different species can hang together, why can't human beings be just as civil?
Perhaps that's a bold question, but seeing a cat and a chicken seeking comfort in each other's company during a catastrophe shows that civility is not all that impossible to achieve.
As the Carr wildfire blazed across Northern California's Shasta Valley region, Grass Valley firefighters stumbled upon a pair of survivors huddled together in the doorway of a home.
The Grass Valley Strike Team assigned to the #CarrFire rescued this unlikely Duo that sought relief from the fires.… https://t.co/7WbCWyl5kp— Elias Funez (@Elias Funez) 1533169305.0
According to KTLA, both suffered minor burns and were tended to as the crew members provided them with a bowl of water.
@YubaNet Always comforting to know that SOMEONE'S your "wing man", or chicken, buddy, friend! 🔥💡/🐔💕😻/😯— NC10s1 (@NC10s1) 1533255461.0
Eventually, both animals were coaxed into a cage together and taken to a vet.
Saving the cat.(@Elias_Funez/Twitter)
The animals are expected to make a full recovery.(@Elias_Funez/Twitter)
Another shot of the cat and the chicken that were found together waiting to be rescued at the front door of a Reddi… https://t.co/yb6WiA94GB— Elias Funez (@Elias Funez) 1533174035.0
Twitter had high praise for the firefighters who rescued the duo.
@Elias_Funez @TheUnion The kindness of care that first responders provide to all, even a chicken and a cat, is beyo… https://t.co/anutdoDg4o— Patricia Reddish RN (@Patricia Reddish RN) 1533257496.0
@Elias_Funez @TheUnion All Gods creatures. Thanks for bringing a bit of good news.— John Bowling (@John Bowling) 1533254883.0
Many saw the surviving animals as a reflection of how humans should get along with each other.
@Elias_Funez @TheUnion If these two can get along what’s wrong with us humans?— ME (@ME) 1533254555.0
@Elias_Funez @TheUnion Sometimes I think they're smarter than we are!— Emma Rivera (@Emma Rivera) 1533263140.0
@Elias_Funez @TheUnion Is that what it's going to take for #humans to treat each other with compassion? A Big A Fire?!— jacque gabrielle (@jacque gabrielle) 1533285766.0
@Elias_Funez @TheUnion If these two can find common cause in the face of great danger, couldnt @SenateDems and… https://t.co/TS8H6pK0td— Heidi Escobar (@Heidi Escobar) 1533258419.0
After the rescued animals made the news, many people wanted to adopt them in case their owners weren't found.
@Elias_Funez @TheUnion Adorable. If they need a foster mom, I can do it— MIMIResist #CollusionIsConspiracy #LockHimUp! (@MIMIResist #CollusionIsConspiracy #LockHimUp!) 1533265496.0
According to Yubanet, the Grassland firefighters were assigned to OES Engine 334 as part of OES Strike Team 4806A to the Carr Fire on July 26. They spent the next 24 hours providing structure defense to damaged areas in the Redding region.
Grass Valley OES 334 discovered the cat and the chicken on the second day of deployment while patrolling areas with damaged structures as a result of the devastating conflagration.
The #CarrFire in Northern California has charred 125,842 acres since igniting more than a week ago. That's the size… https://t.co/u1ulAuGGRc— NBC Bay Area (@NBC Bay Area) 1533242877.0
Officials told the news station that the Carr Fire is the sixth most destructive in California history.