STUDENTS at Duchy College Rosewarne in Camborne have rescued two turkeys from the dinner plate and given them a new home.
Named by the students, the two hens, Patty and Selma, have joined a stag Homer and a hen Marge, who already live on the Camborne campus.
The two new additions were due to be slaughtered and sold in time for Christmas before their owner reconsidered and chose to find them a home instead.
Animal management students will look after them, encouraging mating and incubating the eggs and rearing the clutch if the mother does not take to her newborns.
Head animal management technician, Laura Fallow said: “Patty and Selma have settled in well, they were quite nervous to begin with and their agility means they are able to jump onto the fence but they do not venture far and always return to the stag.
“We will be breeding Homer with Selma and Patty to produce hatchlings for the spring to sell.”