This morning I woke up thinking of the French football team, not why they didn’t win the world cup but why is it they have a rooster on their football jersey? After some researching, it turns out that the Rooster is the national or official bird of France.
here are some findings:
“Roosters have played a role in the symoblism and folklore of many nations for thousands of years. For many people, the rooster symbolizes bravery and boldness as he defends the flock against all comers, along with virility. In France, roosters were often used to decorate church bells and watchtowers, since the rooster symbolizes vigilance, as he wakes at dawn to alert people to the start of the day. During the French Revolution, the rooster often appeared in art, symbolizing hope and faith, and well through the 1800s, the Gallic Rooster appeared on French coins.”
“The Latin word “Gallus” means both “Gallic, related to Gaulish people” and “rooster”. Some antique coins were maked by a rooster, but the bird wasn’t at the time an emblem for Gaulish tribes. The rooster is a minor emblem, but is present in the Louvre and Versailles.
After 1830 by Decree of the king Louis-Philippe, the rooster adorns the flag of the National Guard.
The rooster is the symbol of France as a country with peasant origins, proud, determined, courageous and fecond. ”
One of our authors right here, Nilufer, happens to have a rooster. She has a lot of experiences when it comes to handling a rooster that stays at home. As per her experience, roosters are very unique type of animals compared to other pets like cats or dogs. It is certainly a once in a lifetime experience as you do not get to witness the behaviour of a rooster on a daily basis.
Here are some shots of the rooster living at home: