Thanksgiving: so synonymous with the turkey that many of us simply call it "turkey day." From turkey decorations to turkey scented candles (yes, they really exist!), Thanksgiving doesn't seem complete without turkey... but it's time to take turkey off the table, because the death of an animal is no way to celebrate thankfulness.
Unfortunately, millions of Americans are unaware of the plight of turkeys and the incredible beings they are capable of becoming when given the chance to thrive. But, this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful to live in a time where I can share that information with all of you. So, please, before you head to the grocery store this Thanksgiving, get to know the beautiful bird with these 5 facts:
1. Turkeys form friendships
At Catskill Animal Sanctuary, we have seen first hand that turkeys form deep friendships. And not just with other turkeys! Henrietta the turkey and Atlas the goat, pictured below, shared a special bond. Henrietta and Atlas often snuggled up in a bed of straw, unphased by their species difference. Also, many visitors to Catskill Animal Sanctuary are shocked to learn that turkeys have human friends! Turkeys are often in the center of every CAS tour, following visitors around and sometimes, if you let them, they'll even plop into your lap!