Leon, The Friendly Lap Turkey

Meet Leon, the friendly “lap turkey,” who was recently rescued from the streets of Oxford, California. Though a certain major holiday is just around the corner…a holiday which could be bad news for a turkey like Leon, this big bird has nothing to fret about.


Leon is safe with the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, where his exceptional, people-loving personality has made him a standout resident. Sanctuary manager, Christine Morrissey, told ABC News, “Everybody is just swooning over him. He has just captured our hearts in the short time he’s been with us at the sanctuary. We are so privileged and happy to save his life where so many other turkeys, especially in the month of November, are slaughtered for food.”


Leon is uncommonly friendly – in fact, he tends to act more like a dog than a bird. Some people may not consider turkeys to be affectionate animals, but Leon’s demeanor dispels that notion – in fact, this handsome bird enjoys being held, cuddled, snuggled, and yes, being a lap turkey. Morrissey thinks that Leon’s personality is so exceptional that he might even be suitable for therapy work – she stated, “We would love to have Leon on a harness, like a dog or a cat. Well, not really like a cat, but like a dog.”


Nobody knows where Leon came from – whether he was an escapee, or a bird who was abandoned. Leon’s past may be a mystery, but his future is known…he will continue to enjoy his days at the sanctuary, soaking up affection and getting belly rubs.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.