News Zelda, Battery Park's wild turkey, is presumed dead Zelda, the wild turkey who made a home in Battery Park City over a decade ago, is presumed dead. Photo Credit: Battery Conservancy By CRISTIAN SALAZAR October 9, 2014 4:44 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Zelda, a wild turkey that settled in Battery Park over a decade ago and was considered a symbol of the park’s revitalization after years of neglect, was likely struck and killed by a car in late September. The Battery Conservancy said Thursday that it had information that the bird’s body was spotted on South Street near Pier 11 on Sept. 26. The organization waited to publicize her death “to see if she would come back,” said Battery Conservancy spokeswoman Nicole Brownstein, in an email. “But we are sure that it was her.” She said Zelda rarely disappeared for very long, save during Superstorm Sandy. The turkey, who may have migrated to the southern tip of Manhattan from the Bronx, made her first appearance at the park on May 5, 2003. She soon became a regular guest at park events, and was last seen on Sept. 17, greeting guests at the 11th annual Battery Gardeners Luncheon. By CRISTIAN SALAZAR Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.