Community watches over wild turkey who made Lexington her home


LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – A wild turkey has made Lexington home and she’s gained quite a following from the community keeping watch over her.

It’s not everyday that you see a wild turkey in the middle of a big city, but people living in Lexington’s neighborhoods bordering the UK Arboretum tell us they do.

“Dorothy the Turkey” is seen so often that she’s gained a following on Facebook.

Locals say Dorothy has been seen both in the Arboretum and in their own yards.

Karen Dobson says she’s seen the turkey for three years now. Karen’s property backs up to the Arboretum, and she says Dorothy frequently visits her backyard, even coming up on her deck.

“I think she’s really kind of gravitated toward people. Places where there’s free food and bird baths for a drink of water and, so, she’s become very domesticated, Dobson said.

Karen says her father leaves a lot of food out in the yard for Dorothy and is likely the cause of her visits.

We weren’t able to catch up with Dorothy for this story, but Karen pointed out the she likely hunkered down somewhere because of the wet weather.

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