Today is the big day – Thanksgiving! The moment we’ve all been waiting for, right? While I’m always thankful for foods (most, but definitely not all) I thought today would be an appropriate day to show my thankfulness to the TURKEY! Yes, I know. It’s both appropriate and ironic.
If you’re looking for straight facts about the Turkey, you can check out the Wikipedia article here. But, I would like to point out that the turkey was favored by Benjamin Franklin, in contrast with the Bald Eagle, to symbolize America. Franklin wrote, “For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” If you are interested in reading more, you can go here to see his letter to his daughter which expresses those feelings.
Did you know that turkeys can have heart attacks? Yeah, I didn’t really know that either. According to the website 10,000 Birds, this was discovered when the United States Air Force was running tests in which they were breaking the sound barrier. They were testing not far from a local farms which contained turkeys, many of which dropped dead from heart attacks.
The National Wild Turkey Federation says that five subspecies of turkey native to North America. Wild turkeys can fly at speeds up to 55mph and can run at about 20mph. And while they have great eyesight during the day, it diminishes at night.
And while most of us in America will be preparing and/or enjoying a nice turkey dinner, the President of the United States will be pardoning a turkey. This practice was formalized in 1989 by former President George H. W. Bush. This year, The New York Post reported that President Obama not only pardoned one, but two, turkeys while comparing the them to the representatives in Congress.
Please enjoy your Thanksgiving this year – turkey and all!
[Thank you to flythebirdpath making the image available for free use.]