In a city where the only way to get to the beach is by boat, there’s something very special about a turkey that doesn’t require a boat trip.
The bird, dubbed the Louisiana Tourism, washes up on the shore in Baton Rouge and takes on a life of its own.
The turkey, named Tami, has been seen by thousands of tourists each year since she was first spotted last fall.
It’s a bird that’s been around for more than 100 years, said Shannon Nettles, the city’s chief executive.
Nettles and her husband have been using the bird as an inspiration.
“It’s a great way to showcase the Louisiana tourist industry, and the tourism industry in general,” she said.
Tami’s arrival came in late January, and by early March, the couple was on the beach.
“We were at the beach, and Tami said, ‘This is a good sign,'” said Nettls.
“We thought, ‘Wow, what a nice sign.'”
The two are now planning to put up a tent on the water to welcome her back to the lake.
“She has really become a part of our life here,” said Nattles.
“I think she’s becoming a part as well.”
Tami is already living on the island, and she’s making sure the people in the area know where to find her.
“She’s kind of a little island, right?” asked Netts.
“If you see her, call me and tell me where she is.
If you want to go there, just tell me.”
Tomi is one of four turkeys currently being held in the state.
They are:The other three turkeys are being held on the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ west coast in Baton James, where they are breeding, according to the DNR.
Tomi has been at the lake since she arrived, but she’s not the only turkey on the lake right now.
The city of Baton Rouge is also breeding a turkey, and Nettes said she thinks she’s the only one of the four who’s making the trip.
“I’m hoping it will work out well,” she laughed.