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SONOMA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: With less than one week before Thanksgiving, a turkey stands in a barn at the Willie Bird Turkey Farm November 22, 2010 in Sonoma, California. An estimated forty six million turkeys are cooked and eaten during Thanksgiving meals in the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Back in October, we were the first radio station in Boston to cover Limpy the Town Turkey. Today, we’ve learned Reading’s beloved tom is no more.

 

The Patch reports that Limpy was struck by a car on New Year’s Day and died shortly thereafter. The brassy turkey rose to fame last fall, sparring with mail trucks and police cruisers, and inspiring countless Facebook posts from Reading residents about their encounters with the flashy fowl.

 

As of today, the Limpy the Town Turkey Facebook page is still buzzing with activity, including information on how you can make a donation to the Reading Food Pantry in Limpy’s memory. Rest in peace, Limpy.

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