Animal lover Rosemary Dummott could not resist stopping to chat to two turkeys she spotted on a regular walk with blue Border collie Bob.
Before moving to Malton, Rosemary lived on two acres of land. She kept chickens, ducks, guinea fowl and quail. Her passion for all things feathered gave her a fiery determination to save these two from the dinner tabele.
A plan was hatched and a deal done with turkey owner Derick Craggs, a retired farm worker, of Broughton.
Derick took on the two hen turkeys as a favour to grow on with his chickens after they were late hatching.
Arriving in November they missed the Christmas market and were destined instead to become a tasty spring meal.
“I couldn’t stand the thought of them becoming Easter lunch,” said Rosemary.
“They call out when they see you and seem to crave human company. As soon as you move off they yell out to stop you from going.”
Without enough room in her own garden for the pair, Rosemary turned to friend Gill for a solution.
Between them they decided the turkeys made the perfect early birthday present for their friend Kathy Vermont who has plenty of room to give the turkeys a “forever home” in her paddock in Snainton.
New owner Kathy was eggstatically happy to accept an early birthday present!
“We’re all really excited about the turkeys coming here,” said Kathy, adding her husband Nick was already adapting their chicken run and organising a new turkey house.
“They’ll be with the chickens in a large enclosure close to the house, safe from predators, and no, they certainly will never become a meal!”
The turkeys, who travelled comfortably in a large dog crate, are now named Rosemary and Gill.
Kathy once lived at Allerston where she took on a couple of rescue black turkeys.
She learnt how to decorate blown turkey eggs and is now looking forward to re-kindling that interest.
Meanwhile Derick will be turning to his freezer for an unused Christmas goose to mark the Easter festivities.