Lately, there seems to be a rash of incidents with turkeys in Indiana. No, I am not talking about the state house in Indianapolis. I am talking about real turkeys that live in the wild. Yes, these are the same birds that we used to trace our hands in kindergarten and color in November.
A couple of weeks ago, I had to drop my daughter off for an appointment to have her eyebrows done. Let’s just say she was at the point where they looked like a couple of caterpillars mating. This is a job for a professional (plus prom is coming up).
I was needing to get some stuff from Wal-Mart and rather take the fast boring route, I opted to take the back country roads. As you would expect of back country roads in Indiana and other midwestern states is that these roads rarely take a straight line to get from point A to point B. While traveling down the road, I saw some birds crossing the road (obviously, it was to get to the other side).
I slowed down to see what they were. To my right, there was a field with probably about a dozen turkeys. On my left there was a couple of turkeys. One of which was in full plumage. I’m sure if I was able to speak turkey, he would have been saying, “Hey baby, can I be your natural selection?”
Needless to say, I am not the only one that had encounters with turkeys. Thankfully, mine was not as violent. In the last couple weeks, there have been three reports of turkeys smashing into cars.
The first one was in northern Indiana.
A few days later, an Indiana State Trooper had an incident in northern Indiana as well.
Finally, today there was an incident in central Indiana west of Indianapolis.
In this incident, the turkey was trying to fly. I did not know they could fly. The only times I have seen a turkey it was either on the ground or on the table. Thankfully, nobody has been hurt although some undergarments suffered grisly fates. So, if you have any intentions of driving through turkey country, be alert.