Wild turkey breaks into gas station
NBC NEWS — A wild turkey may have been trying to find sanctuary two days before Thanksgiving.
The turkey walked right into a convenience store in Marietta, Georgia and made himself at home.
Sheikh Jahid, manager at the Chevron gas station and self-proclaimed bird lover, said it was a dream come true.
"I always dream that some bird will come to me or some deer will come to me and make a friendship or something like that," he said.
Jahid said the turkey walked up to his gas station and walked right toward him.
He said it didn't take much coaxing to get him into the store.
"You know, I opened the door, it was like a customer, it go inside like visitor," Jahid said.
Jahid, who took a picture of the bird on his cell phone, said it walked up and down the aisles like a customer.
Then Jahid and his kind heart gave him something to eat, some chips to fatten him up.
"I spilled on the floor and he started biting on that," he said.
A Marietta police officer who was working a wreck in front of the store saw the turkey walk inside.
"He made contact with the manager and the manager informed him that the bird had made its way through the store and I guess made himself at home," said Officer David Baldwin.
By that time the bird was in a back room in the store feasting on chips and water.
Jahid said he picked the bird up and handed him to the officer.
"The officer was scared, believe me, he was holding his legs," he said.
The officer placed the bird in the back of his patrol car where he sat until animal control arrived on scene.
"I imagine he was probably on the run trying to avoid being somebody's Thanksgiving dinner," Officer Baldwin said.
A report sent to the media by the Marietta Police Department placed full light onto the bird's escapades.
"This desperado was captured by day shift officers after it walked into the Chevron on Cobb Parkway at the North Marietta Parkway. A thorough interrogation revealed the suspect was only trying to escape Thanksgiving, so it was granted asylum and released safely back to the wild."
The subject line on the release read, "Name withheld to protect the innocent."
Jahid said it never entered his mind to take the bird home for Thanksgiving.
Animal control will keep the bird for seven days to see if anyone claims it.
That takes the turkey well past the Thanksgiving feast.
If no one claims him, he'll be released in a bird sanctuary.