Merry Crimbo Wilbur

Posted by Lord Davidd of Birko OBE DASc on
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All the Bears and the Bearkeepers would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Crimbo. We hope you all have a great day and Santa brings you everything you asked for. Although it has nothing at all to do with Bears we thought we would share a happy story with you for Christmas Day…

The above turkey is called Wilbur, he is a nine-month-old Norfolk Black and Blue and, unlike many of his friends, he is still alive on Christmas Day. He is the only turkey left unsold at a pick-your-own farm. He is now celebrating the festive gift of life after being adopted as a family pet by the farms owner

Despite being fed like all his siblings on a diet of home-grown corn, Wilbur weighs just 12lb against their average 15lb. And not only is he scrawny, he also has a misshapen body, walks with a pronounced limp and has more than a few tail feathers missing.

So, instead of being stuffed he’ll now be roaming free on 72-acre Branscombe Farm, near Totnes, Devon, among the beef cattle, chickens, ducks and other turkeys which are kept specifically for breeding.

Farm owner Peter Hyford said: “While he might be an ugly creature, we think he’s lovely. Wilbur will simply become one of the family. His first Christmas may have been meant to be his last but nobody chose him because he was too sad and bedraggled. What if he doesn’t have the looks? His appearance has made him the luckiest little bird in the world.”

Merry Crimbo Wilbur.

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Lord Davidd of Birko OBE DASc

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!

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