Bump - A Banty Rooster With a Personality as Big as any Draft Horse
Animal Stories from All-Creatures.org

FROM River's Wish Animal Sanctuary
August 2020

While some roosters make contact with passing legs using full force, this silky banty did so with a ‘bump.’ Sometimes a bump that left a mark. Sometimes a bump that came as a surprise and caused people to jump. But Bump also had a sweet nature and loved to snuggle with his humans.

Rooster Bump

Bump is with us in spirit now. His little body could not fight the illness that took over.

Bump came to us eight years ago as an adult silky banty rooster. During his life at River's Wish he was absolutely adored by so many. His personality was as big as any draft horse living here.

Bump did so much during his life. He was in Alexandra Trejo senior portrait and she always held him when she returned for visits. He attended 'Reading Night' at the Montessori school, where kids would read books to him. He attended a surprise birthday party for Atania Gilmorewhere he made her heart burst with joy. Bump was the very first rooster Atania ever held. In fact, it was customary for visitors to hold Bump. He just melted in your arms. Bump helped people resolve their fear of roosters. Sometimes. He also chased people and met up with their legs, giving them a peck. In fact, his name came from how his pecks felt...just a sharp little Bump! Bump was bigger than life.

Rooster Bump

Over the past years Dr. McConnell at Animal Clinic of Spokane Inc. P.S.was his avian vet. We are so grateful to Dr. McConnell for his fondness and caring of Bump. In July, Bump had a small growth removed from his throat and sent to a lab. He was being treated for this, but this past weekend Bump took a very sudden turn for the worse. As prey animals, birds hide their illness. It is hard to believe that the somewhat perky Bump who meandered in the garden on Saturday is the same little guy who we had to say goodbye to on Tuesday.

I drove Bump to WSU veterinary hospital on Sunday where they gave him fluids, antibiotics and placed him in an oxygen tank. Their plan was to remove the mass that was growing in his throat. They discovered that removing it would be unnecessary pain and lead to his death. If left alone he would basically suffocate. I was able to hold Bump in my arms and cry with him. I called Pete and we Facetimed so he could talk to Bump. It was so difficult knowing I would not be able to walk into the bunny barn and see him marching around or hold him in my arms or hand him to a friend to hold.

I want to thank Cameron O'Steen, Jewel Straightedge, Arianah Mei Hua, Jenna Ramsey, Rhonda-T Warren and Christine Morrissey for their bird savvy input. Thank you Dr. Finch at WSU and thank you Dr. McConnell at Animal Clinic.

And thank you to the volunteers who made Bump's life better and to everyone who loved this little rooster who made a huge impact in our lives.Bump is with us in spirit now. His little body could not fight the illness that took over.

Rooster Bump


Return to: Animal Stories