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Thanksgiving is a holiday about giving thanks and being grateful, but somehow over the years, it has turned into a gluttonous affair. Indeed, every year on Thanksgiving, a staggering 46 million turkeys are consumed. Despite the vast knowledge that counters the stereotype of turkeys being “dumb” birds, many still see these intelligent, playful animals as merely a table centerpiece.

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But if you’ve ever been lucky enough to spend time with a turkey, you’re already well versed in how amazing these animals are. Here are seven fast facts about turkeys to share with friends and family this Thanksgiving holiday!

1. Turkeys Have Moods 

Just like humans, turkeys have good and bad moods. For male turkeys, you can tell what kind of mood they are in by looking at the color of their throat and head. Blue means they are happy, red means get ready, they are mad!

2. Turkeys Have Strong Social Bonds

Turkeys form strong social bonds with their family and flockmates, sometimes traveling in the wild with groups of 200 or more.

3. Turkeys Are Speedy 

Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.

4. Turkeys Are Down to Play Football 

Believe it or not, turkeys are playful! Poultry scientist and animal science professor at Oregon State University, Tom Savage, noted that if you throw an apple to a group of turkeys, they will play with it together. Turkeys also love music and will cluck along with songs!

5. Turkeys Can “Purr”

Turkeys have a wide range of sounds. For example, when they are startled, they will make a “purr” type of sound. Turkeys have also been known to make a cat-like “purr” when they are feeling relaxed and content. So sweet!

6. Turkeys Are Protective Mamas 

When a turkey’s eggs are close to hatching, the mother will not leave, according to John James Audubon, the well-known bird expert and nature enthusiast. The mother turkey stays with the poults at ground-level to keep them safe and warm until they learn to fly and roost up in the trees.

7. Turkeys Like to Flirt 

Male turkeys, or “toms,” attract hens with their wattles, colorful flaps of skin around their necks, and beards on their chests (no body waxing for turkeys.) To attract a female, toms puff up their bodies and spread their beautiful, colorful feathers. Males have feathers that are red, green, purple, copper, bronze, and gold while the females have muted shades of brown and grey.

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Turkeys have personalities as distinct and varied as cats or dogs; however, like other animals raised in factory farms, turkeys are subjected to horrible, cramped, and unsanitary conditions. Around 99 percent of turkeys raised in the U.S. come from factory farms. What’s even worse is that turkeys at so-called “free range” or “organic” farms generally aren’t treated any better. In accordance with industry standards, these turkeys also have their sensitive beaks cut off with a hot blade and have to live in extremely crowded, filthy sheds.

Many animal sanctuaries hold a celebration day each Thanksgiving to honor our turkey friends. Such events have been held in the past by Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, Poplar Springs Sanctuary, and Sunrise Sanctuary, and not only are they hugely successful due to the curious nature of the day, but they encourage people of all ages to reconsider how they celebrate and teach children and adults alike to respect and honor these gentle creatures!

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16 comments on “7 Fast Facts That Will Make You Love Turkeys”

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Ruth Eisenbud
7 Months Ago


How dominion perverts love: "I love animals, but I kill them too" Christine cunningham
bbc.com/ christine cunninham animals

Christine Cunningham is defiant in her violent love of animals: I love animals, but I kill them..."

It is not animals she loves, but like every defiant killer, it is the moment of the kill, the power, the thrill of taking a life. She is blind to her arrogance and cruelty. She is much too important for such trivia. She has been granted the right to savor the moment of the kill. She is human and above the animals. Or is she? Animals kill for survival. Like every sadistic killer, she kills for pleasure... to prove she is worthy of the cruel heritage of dominion:
Genesis 9:1-3 “The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”


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Ruth Eisenbud
7 Months Ago

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.


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CassieTiffany
7 Months Ago

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Ruth Eisenbud
24 Nov 2017

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.

wilson moore
7 Months Ago

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Ruth Eisenbud
24 Nov 2017

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.

wilson moore
7 Months Ago

My name is Wilson Moore from UK, I want to quickly tell the world that there is a real on line spell caster that is powerful and genuine, His name is DR OBED He helped me recently to reunite my relationship with my husband who left me and my kids, When i contacted DR OBED he cast a love spell for me and my husband who said he doesn\'t have anything to do with me and his children again called me and started begging me. he is back now with so much love and caring. today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the powers to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my husband. To anyone who is reading this article and needs any help, DR OBED can also offer any types of help like Reuniting of marriage and relationship, Curing of all types of Diseases, Court Cases, Pregnancy Spell, Spiritual protection and lot\'s more. You can contact him Via this email [email protected]


Reply
Ruth Eisenbud
24 Nov 2017

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.

wilson moore
7 Months Ago

My name is Wilson Moore from UK, I want to quickly tell the world that there is a real on line spell caster that is powerful and genuine, His name is DR OBED He helped me recently to reunite my relationship with my husband who left me and my kids, When i contacted DR OBED he cast a love spell for me and my husband who said he doesn\'t have anything to do with me and his children again called me and started begging me. he is back now with so much love and caring. today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the powers to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my husband. To anyone who is reading this article and needs any help, DR OBED can also offer any types of help like Reuniting of marriage and relationship, Curing of all types of Diseases, Court Cases, Pregnancy Spell, Spiritual protection and lot\'s more. You can contact him Via this email [email protected]


Reply
Ruth Eisenbud
24 Nov 2017

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.

Ruth Eisenbud
24 Nov 2017

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.

CassieTiffany
7 Months Ago

Genuine online spell cater on urgent love spell to get your ex back, fix your broken marriage and stop divorce [email protected] is the best dr to help you and restored back your happiness
I just found out about my husband cheating on me with a co-worker! We’ve been married going on two years. 2kids. lots of amazing momments together. i want to leave, but i love him so much. all i can think about is how nothing stopped him. how he has to see her everyday because they work together. we are both still young and very attractive. but i want my husband, my friend, and the father of my beautiful children. how do i get past the thought of another woman having my husband? Not my fiancé, not my boyfriend, but my husband! i still love him even though he thinks i want to leave i really want him to do better and stop me before i walk out! my husband told me that he doesn’t feel loved anymore, just because of this co-worker he has be cheating on with me that he wants a divorce, i was devastated, heart broken i begged him to listen to me that we can work it out like we always do, but he didn’t listen, he told me that he met someone that loves and understands him, i begged him to consider our kids but he’s did listen. he left and i was frustrated, i began searching for help and answers, then i heard about a man that can Cast a spell to remind him of all the things we have been through together, at first I was scared then i decided to give it a try, and like magic my husband came back, apology and begging for forgiveness, thanks to this man, I’m posting this to help people with
similar issues. You can contact him for help too. [email protected] or call and add him of on whatsapp number: +2348133873774


Reply
Ruth Eisenbud
24 Nov 2017

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.

CassieTiffany
7 Months Ago

Genuine online spell cater on urgent love spell to get your ex back, fix your broken marriage and stop divorce [email protected] is the best dr to help you and restored back your happiness
I just found out about my husband cheating on me with a co-worker! We’ve been married going on two years. 2kids. lots of amazing momments together. i want to leave, but i love him so much. all i can think about is how nothing stopped him. how he has to see her everyday because they work together. we are both still young and very attractive. but i want my husband, my friend, and the father of my beautiful children. how do i get past the thought of another woman having my husband? Not my fiancé, not my boyfriend, but my husband! i still love him even though he thinks i want to leave i really want him to do better and stop me before i walk out! my husband told me that he doesn’t feel loved anymore, just because of this co-worker he has be cheating on with me that he wants a divorce, i was devastated, heart broken i begged him to listen to me that we can work it out like we always do, but he didn’t listen, he told me that he met someone that loves and understands him, i begged him to consider our kids but he’s did listen. he left and i was frustrated, i began searching for help and answers, then i heard about a man that can Cast a spell to remind him of all the things we have been through together, at first I was scared then i decided to give it a try, and like magic my husband came back, apology and begging for forgiveness, thanks to this man, I’m posting this to help people with
similar issues. You can contact him for help too. [email protected] or call and add him of on whatsapp number: +2348133873774


Reply
Ruth Eisenbud
24 Nov 2017

Ruth Eisenbud
1 Days ago
Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.

Ruth Eisenbud
7 Months Ago

Sadly in the judeo.christian tradition it is possible to love and animals and then eat that very same animal....
Love in not ahimsa. Ahimsa is non-violence to any living being.


Reply


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