I don't think the thought of a festive meal inspired the potting of this little turkey. Instead, I suspect the arrival of a Honduras turky at the London Zoological Gardens in 1831 was the cause. The event, believe it or not, caused quite a stir.The New Monthly Magazine ironically dubbed the turkey “The Marvel of the Month” and noted that fifty thousand people had flocked to see it in a two-month period.
We are startled when we hear of meetings of twenty or thirty thousand persons, to petition for parliamentary purification; yet in the very midst of this awful and ominous commotion, here are not less than fifty thousand hearts set beating with exultation at the arrival of a turkey from Honduras. Had they been invited to dine upon it, they could hardly have been more eager.