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Wild Turkey vs. Police Officers

POSTED: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 10:24am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

Thanksgiving is coming, and it appears the turkeys may be fighting back. An angry flock of turkeys that roosts in Landsdowne, Virginia has taken to attacking commuters. Last week it even went after the police.

Animal Control Officer Virginia Newsome responded after the bird trapped a sheriff's deputy in his car. When Newsome approached the turkey stood his ground. "He just looked right at me and wasn't concerned a bit," she said.

After she chased the turkey away from the deputy's cruiser he left the scene. Newsome got in her car. Mission accomplished. Or not.

"I started to pull away," she said, "and it was like a slow-motion part of a movie where my turkey boyfriend came running back to me. He was booking it, like the Roadrunner. He was just running as fast as he could toward my truck. I'm thinking, 'Is this really happening?' I was sure I could outrun him, but before I knew it he was in front of my truck and wouldn't let me by," she said.

The turkey started pecking at her door, stretching his neck to look in the window. When Newsome and other officers approached the turkey later with a net, the bird's primal instincts took root. "He really wasn't that afraid of us, but he knew something was up," she said. "He took one look at the net and jumped on top of my truck. "Now he's king of the mountain on top of my truck. He was doing this strut turkeys do, like when they want to mate. It was almost like he wanted to mate with my truck. He had an affinity for my flashing strobe light."

The turkey, all 20 pounds or so of it, stood on top of her truck, pecking at the light and fluffing out its feathers. After a third attempt, they were able to lure the turkey out of traffic and into a field, by having Tom follow the officer's truck.