A triumphant turkey that miraculously escaped the Christmas dinner table is looking for a permanent home as a pet.

A turkey is for life, not just for… oh.

Turkules – so named after his Herculean adventure – was bred as a Christmas turkey and, after being shot in the head with a bolt gun, was loaded onto a lorry holding 15 tonnes of dead birds.

When he arrived at a farm ready to be delivered to customers, Turkules’ head popped up, to the amazement of the farm staff.

Plucky, not plucked

Fortunately for the plucky bird, the farmer couldn’t bring himself to cause him any more distress, so kept Turkules in a heated room with food and water.

Miraculously, Turkules survived and spent the Christmas break following the farmer around, but there was no space for him to be kept properly. He was taken to Wood Green, The Animals Charity where the veterinary team gave him a thorough check-up. He is now looking for a new home.

Not just for Christmas

Wood Green’s field and small animal welfare manager Marie Pavaday-Pillay, was pleased the farmer thought to call the charity.

She said: “We’re rarely asked to take in turkeys, but we are delighted to help rehome this very lucky bird. Turkules is such a character and he seems completely unfazed by his escapade. We would love to find him a new home where he has secure space to roam and enjoy his freedom.”

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