AND WHO, MAY I ASK, ARE YOU?” Cornelius enquired, looking down at Eva. Eva was TERRIFIED. Never before had she seen such a huge magnificent cockerel.
Cornelius was a real live strutting about cockerel who was the pride and joy (as well as being a great friend) to our author Jo Kemp. She loved him because he was ridiculous as he strutted about, giving it the big ‘I am…’ when in truth he was afraid of his own shadow. But he was loyal and loved his girls (his hens) and would have laid his life down for them if push came to shove.
Despite being shut away. Despite the wire netting and defences, one dark and stormy night the fox got in and got the lot of them. Including Cornelius. Poor Cornelius RIP (rest in pieces). We were all so sad.
However, the memory of Cornelius lives on in ‘Eva the Energetic Egg Timer’. Immortalized on the silver screen, he remains as magnificent as he was in real life.
Note: Jo has since replaced her flock and has fox-proofed the entire field. She has a new cockerel too who is essentially stupid, cowardly, vain, greedy and bullying. Needless to say, he isn’t called Cornelius – he's just called Cock.
Cornelius / Horn - A Roman family name that possibly derives from the Latin element cornu "horn". Cornelius wiki