Last week, Burn FM remembered the two year anniversary of the re-opening of Selly Oak fast food outlet Rooster House following the fire that had students ‘praying’ for its survival on social media. What we now know is that the take away joint have also been celebrating a new lease of life, in the form of three tiny kittens.
As if ‘Roosters’, as it is affectionately known, needed to endear itself more to the local student population, the bells have been ringing for feline fans across the area with the news that the restaurant’s cat Lucinda gave birth last Wednesday. Finally some positive news for litter in Selly Oak!
After tracking the mother’s development since September, 4th year International Development student Maddy Moore could not wait to get her paws on the new arrivals.
“I first noticed the Roosters cat at the start of the year when I moved into my current house nearby. At the time, she gave birth to a litter of kittens, but sadly they all passed away.”
“The other day, I was walking to Tesco’s and saw them outside the garage where they live and had to stop and find out. To my surprise, the manager offered me a kitten. Sadly, I can’t bring it home because it’s nearly the holidays and I’m graduating!”
Two students have already adopted a pair of kittens, whilst the third has been promised to another, say staff, who have been taking care of the mother.
Naturally, we sent CatCalls on BurnFM Co-Host Phoebe Cresswell to report for us, without needing too much purr-suasion!
“I was very excited to hear there was a kitten at Rooster House. This is just as if not more important than when Rooster House burnt down! Me and my friend Maya asked to see it, and they were kind enough to let us. It was so cute, and the mother cat was nearby so we managed to get a picture of the two of them.”
“The third kitten has been promised to someone and I’m so glad it has a home. I’d have loved to adopt it! The manager said we were welcome to come back anytime we wanted to see it!”
Sadly, the paw-sibility of looking after the last kitten seems to be gone, but Tabby cat Lucinda (above, right) and her offspring are far from the only four legged furry friends on the streets of Selly Oak.
Earlier in the year, Phoebe adopted local cat Quella, after she was found lurking outside their front room window.
But her and Freya Nelson, winners of BurnFM’s Best Mainstream Show, have been keeping us to date with cat news all year.
If you didn’t manage to catch any of CatCalls shows this year, and want to go back and listen, click here to find all of the podcasts on MixCloud.
Photos: Top and left Maya Whatton via Facebook. Maddy and kitten, cat in garage, Maddy Moore.