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Bulger's Beat: Turkey turned mascot turns heads on Harding Place

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A wild turkey has taken up residence outside a south Nashville furniture store, and he's attracted quite a loyal fan club.

For six months now, the bird who answers to "Tom" has called Harding Place home, and he's not intimidated at all by the 45 mph traffic zooming by.

"Did you know there's a turkey out there?" asked Billy Thornkill, who works at Atlantic Bed and Furniture.

Since last September, Thornkill keeps getting that question.

You can't live in south Nashville and not know.

The roar of life in the city can be seductive, even if your pals prefer the country, and this turkey takes traffic over tranquility.

"People try to catch him. He turns around and goes back at them and gets them out of here," Thornkill said.

So far, Tom has been collision-free, and, coincidentally, his preferred perch sits right next to a Nashville police precinct. He even sometimes uses the officers to get safely back home.

"We've had the cops run behind him, [saying] 'Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble!'" Thornkill said.

Now, the sales guys at Atlantic Bed and Furniture call him their mascot.

"A lot of times, he'll be at the front door greeting people as they come in," Thornkill said.

While he hasn't sold any sofas, Thornkill said he's certainly helped.

"He'll get them in the door, and we take care of the rest," Thornkill said, laughing.

Now, Tom hasn't turned completely into a city boy. In the evening, he waddles his way over to Mill Creek, spends the night there and then, at sunrise, he heads back to his spot near the store.

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