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Video: Meet 'Valerie Lucky' - the luckiest turkey in Northern Ireland!

This may be the luckiest turkey in the world. Named Valerie Lucky, she has been saved from slaughter by a little girl's Christmas wish.

Most children want toys, but top of six-year-old Athena Bryson's festive wishlist was a pet turkey, so her dairy farming parents Graham and Melissa set about making their daughter's dream come true.

"I wanted to save a life," Athena said.

The Scarva Primary School pupil, who is from Poyntzpass, told the Belfast Telegraph she had been a vegetarian since she was just five because she loves animals so much and does not want to eat them. Athena's brother Jensen (10) eats meat, as do Graham and Melissa, but they all respect her choice not to.

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