Volunteers at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue are in mourning after the death of the organization’s mascot, Mr. T.
The 4 1/2-year-old heritage Bronze turkey had lived most of his life at the Indian Trail nonprofit after he was found abandoned in a Union County neighborhood four years ago.
The 30-pound bird quickly became the face of the Indian Trail nonprofit, traveling to schools and other places to spread the word about Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Executive Director Jennifer Gordon said Mr. T never met a stranger.
“Mr. T loved to travel and he loved being around lots of people and meeting new ones. He would always walk around, fluff up and show everybody how handsome he was,” Gordon said.
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About a month ago, Mr. T developed a growth on his foot. He underwent several hours of surgery March 2 and seemed to be recovering at the rescue but died late the next evening.
The all-volunteer bird rescue is still raising money to pay for the surgery, which cost about $3,000. The organization also has an ongoing need for supplies including paper towels, trash bags and laundry detergent, as well as adoptive homes for the hundreds of birds it takes in each year.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For information about the organization and how to contribute, visit the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue page on Facebook or www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com
▪ Donations by check may be mailed to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, P.O. Box 1484, Indian Trail, NC 28079.