A Gobble Without a Cause

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A Gobble Without a Cause


From news reports of behaviors by wild turkeys across the United States between 2015 and 2019.

Tearing up gardens

Breaking off tree branches

Chasing dogs

Blocking traffic by gathering into a group and marching in circles around a dead cat

Flying into the windshields of moving vehicles

Attacking postal workers

Chasing police officers

Tackling pedestrians

Chasing octogenarians at a nursing home

Pecking the backs of a pregnant woman’s legs and forcing her into oncoming traffic

Chasing children disembarking school buses

Ripping down power lines

Gathering on rooftops

Ripping shingles off a roof

Jumping off a roof and diving through the kitchen window of an adjacent home

Knocking on doors

Ripping apart screen doors

Breaking the window of a village hall

Breaking into a house and staring into a mirror

Smashing through a fifth-floor office window, walking across the room, smashing through another window, and then falling to its death in the parking lot below