- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Memorial tributes are pouring in for a beloved Lower Manhattan character.

Zelda, a wild turkey, succumbed last week after being hit by a car.

The executive director of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy says many people enjoyed strolling with Zelda over the years. Tessa Huxley remembers her as an “elegant companion.”

The Battery Conservancy is inviting people to share stories, poetry and photos on its website.

Zelda moved into the area in May 2003. Volunteers noticed her there while planting the 9/11 Gardens of Remembrance.

She became popular among tourists and locals alike. Last month, she greeted guests at a gardeners’ luncheon.

A post by the beekeeping community remembers Zelda one of the “coolest things” in Manhattan.

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Online:

The Battery Conservancy: https://www.thebattery.org/tributes-to-zelda/

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy: https://bpcparks.org/

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