Andres Arroyo: Man Who Brings Game Fowls to Work

Andres Arroyo is a renowned cockfight enthusiast in Colombia. His love for game fowls emanated from his father, a university professor from Popayan.

He admitted that when he was around seven years old, his greatest amusement was to watch game fowls in the family backyard as they try to recover from a fight. His father brought him to cockpit arenas when he got good grades, so cockfighting ostensibly became his inspiration to do well in school.

When he turned 11, he had his first game fowl named Caligula. Andres recalled that he cried when Caligula died after winning five fights.

Since then, more than 20,000 game fowls came and went in his life and none of them made him cry.

His professional life didn’t hinder his love affair with game fowls, it even added to his legend in the industry.

While serving the government, Andres became famous for having a room in his office exclusively for game fowls. When the commissions of the municipalities discovered his hobby, they gave him game fowls as gifts.

Then President Lopez Michelsen even asked him to open the little room to take a look at his game fowls when the Colombian leader visited his office.

Up to this day, Andres is still fascinated by game fowls. He thinks that game fowls are fierce and combative, yet noble and joyful.

Game fowls, indeed, are a study in contrasts.

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