Photo of the day: Franklin the wild turkey
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, say hi to this fine feathery friend from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo
Wed Nov 27 2013
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher (C) WCS
Afternoon, New York! This is Franklin, a wild turkey who resides at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo with several females of his kind (lucky guy!). If you want to go see a turkey in the flesh after consuming the flesh of a turkey tomorrow, the zoo will be open from 10am through 4:30pm.
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Now, some fun facts about wild turkeys with which to bore your family during the holiday: Spanish conquistadores brought the fowl—domesticated in Mesoamerica—to Europe in the early 16th century. It made the rounds throughout northern Europe and England before the Brits transported it back to the Americas when they settled the colonies. The bird became our national symbol in 1776, thanks to Benjamin Franklin.
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