Britain’s toughest turkey survived fox attacks, dog brawls and scraps with postman


‘Guard bird’ Trevor is the tough turkey who launches himself at any unwanted visitors to protect his family and has now teamed up with plucky duck Mrs Ron who acts as look out

Lilly Pinchin with Trevor and Mrs Ron
Lilly Pinchin with Trevor and Mrs Ron

Britain’s toughest turkey who has survived two fox attacks, dog brawls and scraps with the postie has survived another Christmas – by recruiting a plucky duck accomplice.

Trevor was secretly incubated by Lilly Pinchin, 22, in her bedroom six years ago. She told her mum the clutch of eggs were just chickens – and ended up with six boisterous turkeys.

But Trevor was the sole survivor when the brood was attacked by a fox – seeing off a second fox attack a year later, as well as dog attacks.

He has now secured his place in the family thanks to his role as ‘guard bird’ – launching himself at any unwanted visitors – even if they are delivery people.

The two birds are owned by Lilly Pinchin, 22
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Tough old bird Trevor has found a wingman in Mrs Ron the Indian Runner duck
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True to form, when Lilly’s family were on holiday this year she secretly adopted a runner duck named Mrs Ron.

Apparently sensing he might need some extra back up as he enters old age, Trevor – who is usually fiercely protective of his perch – took bullied duck Mrs Ron under his wing.

Now the pair go everywhere together, sharing a coop, with Mrs Ron acting as back up or look out when Trevor takes on visitors, dogs, or sneaks into the house for food.

The two birds have now become inseparable
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Jockey Lilly from Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, said: “He’s best friends with Ron.

“Ron follows him around quite a lot because he’s the only duck. While Trevor is chief mischief-maker, new pal Mrs Ron eggs him on from the side lines.

“Trevor is getting on now, but he’s still the same turkey, still mad as ever. Trev won’t be on the table this Christmas, as much as the post lady would like him to be!”

Mrs Ron will help Trevor evade the dinner table for another Christmas
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Trevor came into the Pinchin family when ‘turkey mum’ Lilly, then 16, secretly incubated a clutch of eggs in her bedroom.

But three years later the entire brood – apart from Trevor – was slayed in a fox attack.

Lilly said: “Only Trevor survived as he was the only one who put himself to bed in the house, and he’s always been quite proud of himself for that.

Lilly loves watching the bird playing in puddles and terrorising the chickens at their home in Winchcombe
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“After that he survived another fox attack in 2019 and we lost him for two days.

“But then I came home one day and he was sat on one of the walls at the bottom of the garden – he’s such a hero!

“He will chase anyone who runs around the yard and be a right little terror.

“If any dog goes to try and mess with him he will rage and fluff his feathers up, and vibrate like his own little dance.

Trevor is a survivor
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“If there’s nothing going on he’ll just cause carnage, which during lockdown provided great entertainment.”

When he’s not ruffling feathers, he loves admiring himself in mirrors, sleeping in the washing machine and accompanying the family on two-mile dog walks.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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