Friday, October 26, 2007

Turkeys Terrorize Massachusetts

The Boston Globe tells us that the wild turkey population is up in Massachusetts and that residents of Brookline don't much like it. Assertive turkeys are harrassing people on sidewalks.

"The problem, according to some Brookline residents, is that the turkeys can be aggressive at times. Dr. Ruth Smith, an internist from New York City, was staying with a cousin in Brookline a couple of weeks ago when she was stalked by what she describes as a 3-foot-tall turkey.

"He came at me and, at first, I tried to shoo him away," Smith recalled. "I figured I'd just go 'Shoo!' and he'd go. But he was very aggressive."

Smith said she escaped by ducking into the Dunkin' Donuts on Beacon Street."

Thank goodness for Dunkin' Donuts. It's tough out there.


6 comments:

Matt Mullenix said...

You know, fried turkey goes good with donuts and coffee. Just a suggestion, MA.

Mark Churchill said...

The first European settlers in Massachusetts knew what to do with a turkey. (Well, they may have had some help from their Narragansett neighbours...) Now their descendants are "escaping" big gamebirds by taking refuge in donut shops.

Maybe Western civilisation is in trouble after all.

mdmnm said...

That really is kind of too funny, especially given the miles I tromp every spring trying to find where the birds are out SW every year. Fall, turkey, self-defense, there's a pretty easy logic there.

Neutrino said...

They can't keep turkeys in line there?

Good thing cassowaries aren't indigenous to Massachusetts.


-R. A. W.

(who is fully aware that the wild turkey is no laughing matter, but still!)

Heidi the Hick said...

That turkey looks so darn sophisticated, like it's walking daintily on high heels, chin up, about to declare that all those newcomers need to move along now...

montanabob said...

no one is armed in Mass. The Republik won't allow it, I'm sure. This is why people get held hostage by turkeys. This also helps to explain why people from the Republik of Mass. keep electing people like Kennedy and Kerry to office. They have lost touch with reality.

Out West, we would have either 1) jumped the damn thing and throttled it, then tagged it or 2)pulled a concealed weapon (pistol) and shot the damn thing, then tagged it. MMM MMM wild turkey. Get on the bird!!