Roosters patrol downtown Ocean Springs again


Carl, the beloved rooster of downtown Ocean Springs, has a few successors patrolling the streets and business owners are thrilled to have roosters in the area again.

Meet Ricky the rooster, he’s small, sweet and loves carbs, according to Keri Hawkins, waitress at Tom’s Extreme Pizzeria. “I found him across the street in that little lawn. I bought a pack of crackers and crushed it for him, then he just followed me here and made his home here.

Tom’s Extreme Pizzeria owner Tom Bennett said: “Kids love it, adults, everyone loves it. They take his picture and he goes to scribble them. It’s pretty cool.

Ricky isn’t the only rooster residing in downtown Ocean Springs, a few streets down we spotted Carlos, his name is a pun, painting Carl, in honor of their former town mascot , and OS for Ocean Springs.

Area businesses say the new roosters are a bittersweet reminder of the late Carl. Wild Flier Director Heather Kesby said: “We have always had a special place in our hearts for any animal. We have a store pup. He is here almost every day and it was a great pleasure for us to have the rooster in our store every day and visitors like to see something they don’t normally see on a daily basis.

Poppy’s bartender, Kristal Chapman, said, “I’ve only been working in downtown Ocean Springs for three months. So, I was here when Carl’s incident happened and it was really upsetting and heartbreaking for us, but it’s a new day, a new beginning in Ocean Springs and we’re so excited about it.

People say a farmer dropped off the fowl, hoping the town would accept them in replacement for their loss.


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