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wild turkeys - a flock's unusual behavior, around a dead cat's corpse

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by leashedForLife, Mar 6, 2017.


  1. leashedForLife

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    http://www.livescience.com/58114-video-turkeys-circling-dead-cat-is-normal.html
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    Turkeys are not stoopid, despite long-standing slander of the birds; hunters find them bl**dy difficult to bag, even with camouflage, quiet gear, excellent artificial "calls" [hand-held or mouth held gizmos that allow U to produce turkey vocalizations], & all sorts of other modern advantages.
    They're long-lived, sharp-eyed, cautious, have near-photographic memories, learn to recognize weapons [guns, bows, etc], alert one another to intruders or predators, & so on.
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    so what the H*** are they doing, in this video?...
    Some comedians claim they're "holding a seance" - some turkey-fans say it's a funeral.
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    truth is, they're just watching a predator to see if that critter is REALLY dead - or is it just playing possum, & will it get up & stalk them, if they turn & walk away?... They're suspicious, & don't want to march right up & poke it.
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    And like so many other roaming cats, this one died HBC - Hit By Car. :(
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    there are approx 20 birds in that flock, & each one is taking a good look from all perspectives at that cat -
    there are more juveniles of both genders [hatched the last spring] than adult hens, & this is a pretty safe way to show the youngsters, 'that's a cat - they're predators, watch them very carefully".
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