Turkeys display immense affection toward humans. They love to be caressed. And people often remark that they respond just like their own dogs and cats. Turkeys make even make a purring sound when they are content. Some turkeys are more affectionate than others, climbing into your lap and making themselves as comfortable as can be. At Farm Sanctuary in California, a particularly friendly turkey named Lydia became known for her propensity to hug. As soon as you crouched down, she would run over to you, press her body against yours, and crane her head over your shoulders clucking all the while. It’s amazing how so generous a hug can be given by something with no arms.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, founder of Compassionate Cooks.