Friday, December 6, 2013

Gotham brought down: turkey day style

Well this is a new one to me. I suppose I should have posted this last Thanks Giving, but I was a bit busy.

So you aren't convinced that our modern world is reaching a point of uncontrollable complexity.

Try this one on for size.  Areas of New York City are under siege of wild animals:  turkeys to be exact.
Flock of feral turkeys causing chaos in New York
AP Press via Dailey Mail (U.K.), 21 November 2013 (hat tip: NC)
'We don't want to kill them. We just want them to leave us alone,' says Barbara Laing, who watched as at least 50 turkeys converged outside her house around sundown one recent evening with a chorus of honks — of the turkeys and of drivers who were futilely trying to shoo them out of traffic.
The turkeys milled on the grass, flew up like cartoon ghosts into a large maple tree, and settled in for the night.
It's a sight that charms onlookers and sometimes residents, when the turkeys aren't fouling yards with droppings, devouring gardens, waking up residents with raucous pre-dawn mating sessions, and utterly disregarding dogs and other supposed deterrents.
I should come up with some sort of clever apocalyptic incite, but I am at a loss for the moment.

Turkeys on Staten Island (thumbnail: see link above for more)


PioneerPreppy said...

Several years ago Kansas City had that same issue. A group of us were at his house hanging out and I noticed everyone was inside looking out the window which was odd because it was a nice Summer evening. A flock of turkeys were out eating bugs off the cars and would attack anyone who went outside. Now being a country boy I was like WTF? So I walked out and started booting turkeys left and right.

The city girls actually called me a barbarian but that didn't stop them from getting into their cars.

I believe the city quietly opened up an in the limits turkey season to get rid of the birds.

russell1200 said...

Pioneer: the whole deal is so odd. Why don't people just eat them? It's not like deer, which mostly are out at night, and you have to know some butchery skills.