Gotta Watch: Revenge of the turkeys
A wild turkey chases a KXTV producer.
November 23rd, 2011
08:33 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Revenge of the turkeys

Thanksgiving may just be the most perilous day to be a turkey— after all, we call it Turkey Day. When the birds are under all that stress, who can blame them for wanting to take a little revenge? From chasing after mail trucks to pecking at presidents, you’ve Gotta Watch these turkeys unleash their wrath.

Wild turkey chase—A turkey might not seem like a very menacing animal — until it’s chasing you. One Sacramento TV producer went to check out reports of a turkey named “Terrible Tom” terrorizing a neighborhood. She got a lot more than she bargained for. See her hilarious reaction to this wild turkey.

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Crying fowl— Dogs may be the mail carrier’s classic enemy, but turkeys are the pest in Grand Haven, Michigan. One mail carrier in that city is forced to carry a club to fend off the wild birds that attack him while he’s delivering the mail.

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Talking turkey—It’s been an annual tradition for the president to “pardon” a turkey and allow it to live. On the first year that George W. Bush held a pardoning ceremony, he got a surprise from “Liberty” the turkey. Liberty didn’t appreciate the president petting him on the head. Watch Bush’s reaction.

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  1. llane94123

    Birds are smart and can be very mean. People who don't have experience with birds think they're stupid. They are far from stupid and mean as hell if they are protecting themselves

    November 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      Depends what type of bird. Domestic turkeys are amongst the dumbest birds in the world. Often farmers have to put large shiny objects in their food to trick them to eat (they try to grab the shiny objects with their beak and 'accidently' get he food). There are stories of turkeys drowning in the rain from looking up with their mouths open.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boston Guy

      Smarter than the two, Turkey or Bush, hands down for the Turkey!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred

    I wonder who was the turkey, the bird or the TV

    November 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pete Sake

    God, why do we keep killing and eating things. This barbarism makes me sick.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      MMMMM, I love the taste of, what is it Vegans like to say, rotting decaying meat lololol! MMM, taste good, is part of my diet, why shouldn't I eat meat?

      November 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoRemoteKCl

      Because we're Omnivores?

      November 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      it's not an easy subject. i like the taste of meat, but it's the whole farming process that can be disturbing. a lot of times we eat, not out of necessity, but because of taste or gluttony. it's only reasonable that that could have some negative consequences over time. i think in the wild, if you have to kill to survive, then it's more rational then killing animals to stuff your face.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bates

      Ok so you can eat your twigs and grass, while I feast on the wonders that is meat! I am going to have me some turkey wrapped in bacon this year and I am going to dedicate it to all the tree hugging vegans out there.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moondawn

      The earth is a closed system. Everything has to be recycled. Organisms do that by eating each other. Not barbaric... just the normal noises on this planet. Maybe yours is different?

      November 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nate

    Would have been hilarious if she got attached and the camera went flying and feathers were everywhere!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate


      November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. maxsame

    She needs a desk job.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Merl

    I guess she'd never make it as a war reporter

    November 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    Just because the Monster is in your family does not mean he's not a Monster.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Angela

    That women is so freaked out, she sounds like a tool "Help me ahhh!" You could probably just kick the thing away and it would be fine and leave her alone. I mean seriously? It's a turkey lady, the horniest bird in the world. (I saw that on discovery channel, they hump pieces of plywood.) Maybe it just wanted to hump her! LOL

    November 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shai jones

    lol tht was super funny haha

    November 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat, yup when im allowed fried foods i might and i have seen it being done. They had a video last nite on tv of a deep fry gone wrong! Looked pretty scarey to me so ill leave it to you professionals! 🙂

    November 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      I have had both fried and BBQ'd turkey, both delicious.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Dog

    Big Dog gotta eat!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      My landlord has tried the wild turkeys and says they taste terrible. Probably because of what they eat, farm turkeys are grain fed.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard

    I don't know about the U.S., but in Canada, the mail "persons" are such union princesses that they would refuse to go down the street, let alone to a house where that bird was. Go, Turkey, Go!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      Rich, that is one of the things US does right is our mail system. Our mail person's are fired if they fail to complete their allotted routes. My Dad did that for a while. They are union, but they do have pride and their motto states that "through wind or snow" or "dead of night"...they'll get it there

      November 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat ( in a hat )


    Yeah, I've seen these fries go wrong on a first hand basis. Pretty scary. When you hear that first WHOOOMPH, all you see is butt holes and elbows from everyone clearing the area.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Burbank

    I live in the Sacramento area and have had as many as 3 dozen turkeys in my yard at the same time. I think that Turkey in the first video has been fed by people and was following her looking for a treat. If it were attacking it would have been running at her and flapping it's wings to look bigger. Very funny. Since she lives in this area, that reporter should know better. Turkeys are actually rather timid creatures overall. If she suddenly started screaming and running at it waving her arms it would have run or flown away. They can fly suprisingly well for their big bulky size.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat ive been burned b4 ill stay away from the whoomph ty! When i was 9 an oven blew up while i was in front of it. Luckily i wasnt real close just got my arm, and a steam table when i was pregnant, not so lucky then! You can have that whoomph!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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