Two police officers at Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado responded to a call last week but ended up getting more than they bargained for when a wild turkey came calling. Video from the incident has since gone viral.
According to the station’s Facebook page, Deputy Fisher and another colleague were on duty; they were finishing a call on the aptly named North Turkey Creek Road when they spotted the large bird nearby.
The post read:
“Deputy Fisher called to the turkey as they walked back to their vehicles, but, unfortunately for her, she sounded a little too much like the real thing.
Tom was immediately smitten and despite the deputies’ attempts to shoo him away, he would not be deterred.”
The wild turkey, which the Sheriff’s office apparently named Tom, then began to follow the officers to their car.
The 1-minute, 15-second hilarious clip shows the two officers walking away briskly from the huge bird.
“The nearly 25-pound turkey aggressively followed the deputies down the driveway, across the street and all the way to their patrol cars!”
The Sheriff’s Office shared the video last Tuesday, and it has already garnered 20,000 views.
Concerned about safety issues, they also said:
“We don’t want to ruffle any feathers, but we think this is a good time to remind folks that wild turkeys are not to be mistaken for domesticated animals. They have sharp beaks and claws that can inflict serious damage. Thankfully, our deputies were not injured.”
Watch the funny footage below:
WILD TURKEY IN JANUARY
This story brings to mind a similar one that happened in Pennsylvania at the beginning of the year. A wild turkey called Stu was caught on camera chasing and attacking a police car for several minutes.
The turkey, considered by some as the "neighborhood pet," had a history of harassing pedestrians and attacking vehicles, and had previously been reported by residents.
UPI reported that resident Scott Smith posted a photo of Stu chasing and attacking SUVs in the city and described the turkey’s actions as "domestic terrorism."
Another person attempted explaining the reason for Stu’s actions.
"That turkey doesn't know what he looks like,” said Roy Hayward, an animal control officer. “So when he sees his reflection in the side of the vehicle, he thinks it's somebody that's encroaching on his territory."
He also said authorities are worried Stu might hurt someone.
"They do have spurs on the back of their legs, and they use these to defend themselves, so if they got to the point where they felt threatened, they could possibly turn on the person trying to help them."