8 Lucky Turkeys

Rescue Date

5th December 2011

Story

A Christmas Turkey’s tale 

There was movement in the barn for word had passed around that Christmas time was coming and people’s compassion had got away….

But thankfully not all.

When eight lucky turkeys had escaped their preordained fate and were in need of lifelong sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission was only too pleased to open their barn doors to the chirping brood.  At just a few weeks old Paul Keating, John Howard, Winston Churchill, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, John Major, James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher, have all settled into their new digs like ducks to water or rather turkeys to um, well Christmas.  And while many may associate Christmas and turkeys, if this plucky octet have their way, people’s hearts and minds will be opened to an entire new meaning for peace and goodwill without a gentle bird being the centre piece of the dinner table!

That turkeys are gentle, inquisitive and friendly creatures, considered by Benjamin Franklin far more worthy to be the national bird of America than the bald eagle, is something not known by those who have never been fortunate enough to meet a turkey.

Fun turkey facts

  • Turkeys have over 5,000 feathers.
  • Contrary to popular thought turkeys are not stupid and will not drown if left out in the rain.
  • Adult male turkeys are called toms and females are called hens. Very young birds are poults, while juvenile males are jakes and juvenile females are jennies. A group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • A turkey’s bald head can change color in a matter of seconds to express their emotions – anger or amorous and just about everything in between, with colors ranging from red, pink, white and blue.
  • Turkeys have fantastic daytime vision, with a panoramic 270 degree view in full color!!  Their daytime vision is about three times better than humans but their night vision is not so good.
  • Today’s domestic turkeys are far removed from their swift moving wild cousins as a result of human intervention and are unable to fly and or even mate naturally due to their heavy chests.  Many suffer painful joints as they grow older due to their heavy muscle mass.

Turkeys are for lovin not the oven!