Chain Mail Chicken: Larry Lays-Two-Eggs Washes Up on PEI Shores

An update on Larry Lays-Two-Eggs continued journey.

For the entire duration of Larry Lays-Two-Eggs stay, he kept his travel log diary fully updated. I expect that we will have a few differences of opinions, so while Larry is in transit, I’m going to tell the world my version of the story first.

Finding a rubber chicken stuck in the sands is not an every day occurrence. It can be quite shocking. Once the cries of desperation identified himself as Larry Lays-Two-Eggs from oopoomoo, I started digging in and between each wave crashing ashore. With a rising tide, time was of the essence.

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HELP! HELP! HELP!

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Quicker, I’m going to drown!

Once freed from the grasping quick sand hands of Prince Edward Island’s north shore, Larry was in shock and not thinking clearly. Cold and wet, Larry ran up and down the beach like a chicken with its head cut off. As I watched in disbelief as he dodged in and around the marram grass that covers the coastal dunes, Larry tripped on some fishing line and trapped himself in an abandoned lobster trap wreck.

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Darn, Stuck again. HELP! HELP! HELP!

Larry was a mess and had sand in every crack of his body. He needed a warm bath and some relaxation after his journey across the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. He was finally starting to calm down and kick back the shock of a rough few days at sea.

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Ah, yeah. This is the life.

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Wait, WTF?

For the next several weeks, Larry traveled around Prince Edward Island as my side kick – making a permanent home in the side of the camera bag. It was front row seats for many sunrises and sunsets. It was a tour of champions.

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First Class treatment that’s better than Air Canada

Needing to stretch and have some alone-time, Larry ventured off on his own and found a nice little perch of drift wood looking out over the Northumberland Strait.

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Chill’n Chicken Style

Something must have spooked him during that time because he took off in an Olympic record setting sprint. And of course not learning his lesson, again found himself entangled in an old abandoned lobster trap. Unfortunately for Larry, this trap did not have the safety of the dunes as he soon realized just how quickly the tide rushes in. Another rescue was in order.

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This is no longer funny!

The rescue dog was set loose and an adoption was made.

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Captured by the beast.

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My new home does not have a very good view.

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Relaxing but scared to move…

This adoption was not all fun and games and at times, it looked painful!

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HELP! HELP! HELP!

This didn’t sit well with Larry and one night he snuck out an unlocked window looking to make his own adventure. What Larry did not know is that weather changes quickly and going to bed with a backyard of grass can quickly be covered in snow by morning. We found Larry the next morning, feet frozen, and in need of a third rescue.

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HELP! HELP! HELP!

It was a painful surgery to recovery Larry’s feet but it had to happen.

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It burns. Just cut them off already.

Larry could no longer be trusted and we were required to hire a Nanny to babysit. Larry spent the last few days enjoying some early Christmas quiet time before we officially sent him on his way across the country for his next adventure.

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Old Mother Hentastic was totally unnecessary.

Where will Larry end up next? If you find him, keep an eye on him – he’s a quick and an unpredictable little bugger.

About the Author

I am a designer, artist and photographer living in PEI and the co-creator of the Photographer's Guide to Prince Edward Island. I have helped design this website and the many oopoomoo ebooks. Stop by and say hi on Facebook.

5 Comments

  1. Connie
    December 23, 2013

    Maybe you have been looking into the flash of your camera too much, you might need some time out in that sink with Larry. I have friends who travel around the world and Gumby travels with them, he gets into similar predicaments.

    Hope your trip and adventures with Larry have a cracking good ending with lots of little Larrys in the end.

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  2. Jane Chesebrough
    December 23, 2013

    My goodness, that shows a lot of ingenuity. Thanks for the laughs as I read about this traumatized traveller. Lovely dog, by the way, even if Larry may not agree. My faves are the sink spa and the recovery from ice bite. Merry Christmas.

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  3. Enivea
    December 23, 2013

    Wonderful travel story! The last two images are my favourites of all great photos.
    I looked at your PEI images – you’re a lovely storyteller.

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  4. Bob Costall
    December 23, 2013

    I love the Chain Mail Chicken Adventures. Larry’s travails are typical of the whole family!

    Do any of these chickens travel with other than Oopoomoo staff? I’m hoping to travel to Cancun, Mexico in September 2014. Would one of them like to carry my bags?

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    • Stephen DesRoches
      December 27, 2013

      I think I’m the first from oopoomoo to receive the chicken so yes, it’s for all readers.

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