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Last Updated: Friday, 10 December, 2004, 00:32 GMT
Veggie couple save prize turkey
Bert with his saviour Juliet Gellatley
Juliet Gellatley says Bert is an "individual"
A turkey was saved from slaughter when he was won by a vegetarian couple at a church Christmas raffle.

Ray and Maura Stroud, from Somerton in Somerset, asked the farmer if they could have their prize alive.

"We then looked at our little semi and realised we had nowhere to keep him," Mr Stroud said.

He called Bristol-based animal welfare group Viva! for help and its director Juliet Gellatley agreed to adopt the 15lb bronze.

Mr Stroud, who named the turkey Bert, said he was sad to see him go.

"He's a very friendly chap and incredibly inquisitive," he said.

He is a total individual - a bit of a character with an enormous personality and a sense of both fun and mischief
Juliet Gellatley
"He doesn't seem to mind my dog in the least and he definitely craves company. I'm really going to miss him."

Bert is now living at his new home near Chepstow with a dozen rescued battery hens for company until a mate can be found for him.

Juliet Gellatley said: "He is a total individual - a bit of a character with an enormous personality and a sense of both fun and mischief.

"I'm sure, given half the chance, he'd happily flip the bird at those who'd rather see him as Christmas dinner."




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