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Thornton sanctuary treats turkeys to a Thanksgiving feast

It's a tradition to eat turkey on Thanksgiving, but some turkeys that aren't getting gobbled up enjoy their own feast.

THORNTON, Colo. — Turkeys often take center stage as the main course on Thanksgiving. But at Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary in Thornton, turkeys Chico and Izel get to feast like queens.

"Butternut squash, a little kale salad, blueberries, grapes, some Cheerios for a little bit of whole grain in there, and some corn,” Andrea Davis said.

Davis has been caring for Chico and Izel for the last 18 months. 

"This is a home for animals who've been rescued from abuse, neglect, hoarding, slaughter and abandonment,” she said. “They have very rich lives that are only possible given the place to do so, to express their natural behaviors, and to be with others that they care about. I’m fortunate that I’ve had the luxury of getting to be in their lives.”

Davis spent all morning preparing the food and setting the table for Chico and Izel. However, the children decided they wanted their plate on the floor.

"Everyone wanted to eat in front of the TV,” Davis said jokingly. “Darn it, I said we're going to have a nice Thanksgiving at the table.”

Typical kids. With food still on the plate, they move on to something else.

“Then they go and grab a bag of potato chips,” Davis laughed.

In this case, Chico and Izel ditched their plates to chow down on some alfalfa with the goats.

“These babies are all going to start falling asleep here,” Davis said. “They're just like little, tiny toddlers."

Chico and Izel ended their day with full bellies surrounded by family -- the perfect Thanksgiving for a couple of turkeys.

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