Leon has a lot to be thankful for this year, since he's been granted a forever home at a California sanctuary

By Amy Jamieson
Updated November 16, 2016 12:09 PM

Turkey time means something entirely different in Leon’s house.

That’s because Leon the turkey, who lives at the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in Stockton, California, isn’t your average bird. He’s best described as a dog in a turkey’s body, since he loves kisses, hugs and belly rubs, according to ABC 10, who reported the story.

“He just took to people immediately,” sanctuary manager Christine Morrissey told the station, explaining that Leon was recently found wandering the streets in Ventura County.

Leon was at an animal shelter before being taken in by Harvest Home, where he’s shown himself to be quite the feathery love bug. He adores affection, likes being stroked and carried — leading people to wonder whether he was ever someone’s pet.

“For an animal [like this] to immediately trust us and want companionship, that is, definitely I would say, an unusual trait,” Morrissey said.

Leon has a lot to be thankful for this year, since he’s been granted a forever home at the sanctuary and potentially a job as a therapy turkey — so, lucky is what this bird really is.

“He certainly is the age of a turkey that would be slaughtered for Thanksgiving dinner,” Morrissey added.