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November 8, 2022

Rescued Turkey MATCHA: Giving Thanks for Life at Luvin Arms

Meet Matcha, one of Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary’s talkative Tea Girls who is our featured resident for November. Check out this video of her!

Many people who visit Luvin Arms get the unique opportunity to hang out with turkeys for the very first time in their lives. Some guests express genuine surprise at how loving, social, and intelligent turkeys are.

DID YOU KNOW: Mamma turkeys talk to their young while they’re still in the egg, and their babies are born knowing the sound of their mother’s voice? And turkeys have over 50 different calls, each with a unique meaning!

Matcha is incredibly curious, active, and energetic. She loves exploring her surroundings with her beak. She eagerly inspects anything with sparkle: jewelry, nail polish, you name it. She might even crawl into a Luvin Arms tour guide’s lap for a nap!

One of her biggest fans here at Luvin Arms is Emily Harvey, our Social Media and Events Coordinator.

Emily said: “Matcha is the sweetest turkey I have ever met. Whenever I walk in and call her name, she stretches out her neck and looks at me, and then walks over for pets.”

Matcha, at the age of four months, was one of 100 birds released from a large-scale factory farm to animal activists, just one week before Thanksgiving 2018. The activists worked with several sanctuaries to find permanent homes for all the turkeys in their care. Matcha and her friends, all lovingly named after teas (Chai, Chamomile, Darjeeling, and Oolong), came to live a life of peace at Luvin Arms, and to tell the story of the billions like them slaughtered for food each year.

You will notice that Matcha’s toes and beak were clipped, which is standard practice for factory farmed birds. It’s a sign of where Matcha came from, but past wounds don’t get in her way of enjoying life today.

For Thanksgiving, Luvin Arms invites our turkey residents to feast on all their favorite foods, served on a special banquet table just their height. Lively Matcha and the Tea Girls are a sight to see each Thanksgiving Day!

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