Franklin. (Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

  • Franklin lives with several females, and enjoys it in a Jack Tripper sort of way. He "happily struts" around, we're told.
  • This year Franklin "celebrates his 12th Thanksgiving," the Zoo says.
  • (Franklin doesn't actually celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that revolves around a ritual culinary slaughter of turkeys. Turkeys like Franklin.)
  • Doesn't Franklin look so poised? It's as if he's having a sophisticated conversation at a cocktail party about The New Yorker's Angela Merkel profile.

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Franklin at a cocktail party. (Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

  • Franklin would be a terrible cocktail party guest.
  • Franklin is a wild turkey, or Meleagris gallopavo, and his kind was first domesticated in Mesoamerica approximately 2,000 years ago. Franklin, who fancies himself a novice historian, spends much of the winter months thinking about what his ancestors were like.
  • FRANKLIN CAN FLY.
  • Franklin is the kind of turkey that typically roosts in trees at night. Picture Franklin outside of your window roosting in a tree at night..........................

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Franklin, pictured here outside your window. (Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

  • Franklin, when not creeping around in trees, lives in the barnyard "alongside other domestic animals, including sheep, goats, miniature zebus, and geese. There is also a picturesque walkthrough garden that includes a pond that attracts visiting ducks and other birds." (Was this press release written by E. B. White?)
  • The longest lifespan we've seen listed for a wild turkey is 13 years, so, this is probably Franklin's last Thanksgiving.
  • Franklin has never seen the ocean.

For more about Franklin—who we can all agree is our city's most complex turkey—the WCS promises a Thanksgiving Day post dedicated to him, which you'll be able to find right here.