This wild turkey and his mates pass through our way every year about this time. This whopper is a Meleagris gallopavo male gobbler, who we’ll call “Tom”, has approximately 5,500 feathers and weighs in at a mighty 17 pounds. Even at that weight he can still fly to the tops of mighty oaks especially when looking for his favorite hen, or two as the case may be. So, how come he’s our preferred meat-of-choice for Thanksgiving? It’s said that the early Colonists to America successfully hunted these birds during the Fall of 1621, and for that they were thankful. So, just because of that little factoid, this guy is our true American icon. Therefore, we celebrate by eating him. I guess we should all be thankful we’re not eating Bald Eagles!
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