A true friend doesn't mind if you get into a flap or spout a load of gobbledegook. That's probably why Tinsel the turkey has made Bramble the roe deer her constant companion.
She follows him around their animal sanctuary home, squawking protectively if anyone comes near and even giving him an affectionate peck as they nod off together every night in the barn.
Tinsel was not expected to survive when she arrived at the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary as a chick nine months ago.
Bramble's story: Bramble was just two weeks old when he was found by walkers unconscious in a field in 2008
The look of love: Tinsel, the Turkey and her friend Bramble the Roe Deer who have become the best of friends at a Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary
She was thought to have been hurled from a lorry and was found on a motorway hard shoulder. But when she met Bramble, who had been at the sanctuary for two years, she thrived.
Thanks to their friendship, there is no chance of Tinsel ending up on a Christmas dinner plate this year – or ever. Staff say both are too tame to leave the sanctuary and will stay together for the rest of their lives.
Sanctuary owner Geoff Grewcock, 61, said: ‘They are completely inseparable.
‘Both of them live in the same barn and Tinsel always gives Bramble a little peck on the cheek before they go to sleep. It's very sweet.
‘We've grown very attached to Tinsel.
‘She must be one of the luckiest turkey's in Britain because she's not going anywhere near any dinner plate this Christmas.’
Best of friends: Plucky bird Tinsel was rescued after she was thrown on to the motorway from a moving lorry before meeting Bramble
Inseperable: The pair were brought to the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary and are now 'inseparable'
Tinsel was rescued by a driver nine months ago after she was hurled out of a lorry on the M6 motorway near Manchester.
Grandfather-of-one Geoff said: ‘We didn't think she was going to make it.
‘Her feathers were badly damaged and she was malnourished but we fed her up and looked after her.
‘She took an instant shine to Bramble and he seems to like the attention.
‘They walk around the animal sanctuary together, eat together and even have the odd tiff.
‘But Tinsel is very protective and squawks and flaps her wings if anyone goes anywhere near Bramble.’
Bramble was just two weeks old when he was found by walkers unconscious in a field in 2008.
Geoff added: ‘Bramble was very poorly when he came to us but after three years he's back to full health.
‘He close bond with Tinsel has certainly helped his recovery.’