Sometimes you choose your animal, and sometimes, they choose you.

When a Westport woman came across a lonely egg in her neighborhood, she wasn’t sure what to expect when she brought it home. Thirty days later, that egg hatched and Carla Ferreira became the new owner of Lucky the turkey, a bird with quite the personality.

Ferreira lives off Fisher Road in Westport in a quiet neighborhood. Just after Easter, her neighborhood hosted an Easter egg hunt, and a few days after the hunt, she spotted a lone egg on the grass.

“It was in the middle of nowhere,” she said. “I popped her into an incubator we had from a few years ago, Googled it, and discovered it was a turkey egg.”

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She wasn’t sure if the turkey was alive, but 30 days later, a little beak popped through the egg and the Ferreira family has been caring for Lucky ever since.

The bond was fast and unexpected. For the past three months, the Ferreira family has kept Lucky warm, fed and safe. At night, Lucky lives in a chicken coop. By day, she roams the neighborhood.

It’s not uncommon to see Lucky strolling over to the neighbors to say hello or to see her taking a walk to the top of Fisher Road.

“Her favorite place to sit is the front porch swing,” Ferreira shared. “She’ll even respond to me when I talk to her through my Ring camera.”

Lucky's chicken coop is locked each night to keep her safe, but now that she is getting bigger, Ferreira believes it’s almost time to leave that door open and allow Lucky to make her own decisions.

“The plan was to take care of her until she was big enough and let her into the wild,” Ferreira said, but for now, Ferreira and her family are enjoying the unexpected bond that has been formed with a unique house pet.

The next time you are driving by Fisher Road, keep an eye out for Lucky. She may be enjoying her daily stroll through the neighborhood.

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