The small town takes Tina the turkey under its wing


There’s a new girl in Nakusp, BC; her name is Tina and everyone is talking about her.

Tina is a turkey who just arrived in the community one day last summer and has been the talk of the town ever since.

Residents of Nakusp, which has a population of about 1,000, have created a Facebook page for the famous fowl to follow its whereabouts.

“She’s actually become a really relevant member of our town,” resident Jesse Edwards said.

“She kind of disappeared for a few months there, and people are worried about her, and one day she just reappeared like nothing happened, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief when She came back.”

“I was at our municipal campground during my day and returned to my truck to find a passenger,” resident Erik Bobicki said. (Erik Bobicki)

One of her favorite places to hang out is the liquor store, where she hangs out in the parking lot and hangs out by the front door.

“Some people think she’s just waiting because she’d like to come in and get some Wild Turkey bourbon,” store manager Megan Marcolli said.

Mayor Tom Zeleznik said Tina was actually keeping residents and school children safe – walking in the middle of the freeway.

“She pretty much makes sure everyone is within the speed limits,” he said.

A turkey keeps people safe and happy in the community of Nakusp, British Columbia (Sharon Starratt)

Nicole Thibault, who works at a local school, said she thought Tina was going out on the road when she thought drivers were driving too fast.

“She’s going to go out in the middle of the road, the trucks stop, the vehicles go around her. Then when she decided, OK, the message got through, I’m going to go off the road. If she doesn’t I don’t think that what is happening is good, she backs off.”

She also brought people together at a time when many feel isolated, even in a small town where everyone seems to know what the other is doing.

Living 50 kilometers southeast of Nakusp in Silverton didn’t stop Christina Mavinic from taking a liking to the bird.

“Tina provided a common ground where people can strike up a conversation, and she immediately puts a smile on everyone’s face whenever her name is mentioned,” she said.

Tina the turkey is spotted making friends with local deer in Nakusp, BC (Shawn Nouri)

Mavinic said Tina’s presence in the area has brought hope during these trying times.

“I think she’s a really good messenger of hope and love and if we can all come together around a turkey that makes us laugh and allows our community to work together to protect a creature, I think that there’s still a lot of hope and love out there that we have that for each other too.”

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