DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — No, we're not ruffling your feathers with this one— a turkey that was 'saved' from the Thanksgiving dinner table last year has been put back up for adoption as a pet.
The domestic one-year-old female turkey, named "Kate," was surrendered to the Animal Rescue League of Boston over the weekend after her former family decided they could not take her with them during a move. According to the ARL, the turkey was apparently bred to be consumed, but the trajectory of her life changed course once her former family stepped in to keep her as an indoor pet.
The turkey was brought to the ARL's Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center, where she's been put up for adoption to find a new home for the holidays. ARL staff say Kate is a friendly and curious turkey that's very gentle with people.
The ARL's Michael DeFina tells WBZ's Chris Fama a domestic turkey is a rare feat, saying he's only seen two such birds in his six years at the ARL.
"When people think of an animal shelter typically it's dogs, cats, rabbits, that sort of thing— but here at ARL's Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center, it's just an example of the animals you can find here," DeFina said.
The white feathered Kate the turkey clocks in at a weight of around 30 pounds, towering over chickens to survive another Thanksgiving.
WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.