Through rain, sleet, turkeys in heat…

by twit

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From the Associated Press:

Color plays an important role in turkey breeding, he said, with the color of the male’s head during mating season changes from gaudy blue to white to red.

Lobner speculated that perhaps the turkeys are attracted to the red, white and blue postal trucks.

… About five to 10 of the birds have been pecking at the postal workers as they make their rounds, and some of the birds have attacked the letter carriers with the sharp spurs on their legs. One of the birds went through the open door of a mail truck and scratched the driver.

Wilhite sought help in the matter from Eric Lobner, regional wildlife program supervisor for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Lobner said the behavior is clearly tied to the breeding season, which started recently and runs through about mid-May.

… Some workers have been using long sticks to fend off the birds

(image via National Geographic)

lestro adds:

They may take our postal workers, but they’ll never take…Our FREEDOM!

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