Thursday, March 15, 2007

Church to remember turkey killed by car

WALES TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Taking time to remember a wild turkey may seem strange, but a church will hold a moment of silence this Sunday for what the pastor called a model member of his congregation.

The Rev. James Huff, pastor of Lambs United Methodist Church, said the turkey regularly attended Sunday services and greeted people as they arrived.

"He would kind of wait for me to come in," Huff told the Times Herald of Port Huron. "He knew when I got there. Service was about to begin, and then he would sit on one lady's car until we were done."

The turkey died last week after it was hit by a car on a road near the St. Clair County church, area residents said.

Douglas Bishop, the church's music director, said congregation members noticed the bird wasn't there last Sunday. The fowl never missed a service, he said.

"We've got so many pictures of it," Bishop said. "It was like our mascot."

The animal had been hanging around since late last year, when residents began feeding it. The bird quickly became known for its distinct personality and fearless attitude. Some people said it would show up like clockwork each morning at the community's bus stop, where it would chase children.

Others enjoyed watching the bird strut down the middle of the street, trying to impress a group of female turkeys.

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