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ORLANDO, Fla. (November 24, 2015) — Days before Thanksgiving, a wild turkey chose an opportune time to show up on the doorstep of an Orlando church, appearing to seek shelter.

Media outlets in Orlando report that the large fowl appeared Friday and spent the day pacing outside St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, gazing into its dark glass doors.

Church spokeswoman Dawn Fleming says it seemed that the bird, now known as the St. Luke’s Turkey, really wanted to get in.

Fleming says a staff Facebook post about the turkey reached more than 30,000 people. Some online posters speculated that the turkey was at the church seeking pardon and protection from the Thanksgiving table.

The turkey went on its way after Fleming said staff members were unable to find an animal rescue organization to pick it up.

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