Zelda is a female wild turkey that has lived in New York's Battery Park since mid-2003. It is presumed that she entered Manhattan's north end from the Bronx and then journeyed south (downtown), as during spring 2003 there were several turkey sightings in Manhattan at points progressively further south, all prior to Zelda's taking up residence in the park.
She has occasionally wandered from the park. In 2004 she was seen in Tribeca before being captured and returned to Battery Park. In 2007 a turkey, presumably Zelda, was spotted in Greenwich Village and Tribeca.
Zelda is named after Zelda Fitzgerald (the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald), because (according to legend) during one of Zelda Fitzgerald's nervous breakdowns, she went missing and was found in Battery Park, apparently having walked several miles downtown.
- Lueck, Thomas J. (May 23, 2003). "A Feathered Stray, Far From Field and Stream; Can a Wild Turkey Find Success and Happiness in the Canyons of Manhattan?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Saul, Michael (April 12, 2004). "Turkey Trots to Tribeca; Flighty Zelda Leads Bravest and Finest on Wild Goose Chase". Daily News (New York). Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Chung, Jen (April 12, 2004). "Downtown is Turkey Town". Gothamist. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Mann, Lucas (June 6, 2007). "A shot of wild turkey in the Village; Was it Zelda?". The Villager. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Carlson, Jen (October 30, 2012). "Zelda, The Wild Turkey Of Battery Park, Survived The Storm". Gothamist. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- 2009-06-25 NY Times article (scroll down for the question about Zelda
- 2008-11-00 Chicago Tribune article
- Photo of Zelda on the 28th floor fire escape of an apartment building
- Photos of Zelda
- "Turkey in the Battery" (Downtown Express) (scroll down to see article)
- "A Kinder, Gentler way to Stuff a Turkey" (New York Times)
- "" (Flickr)
- NY Daily News article, November 23, 2009
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