Why did the turkey cross the road?

We were driving down Hwy 13 towards Clinton MO and I saw a huge turkey out in the field and as we got closer the turkey started running towards the road. Before the turkey was about to run into the road it attempted to fly, he was at least 8 inches off the ground when he hit the center of the minivan head on. I was able to assist him a little higher into the air but I don’t think knocking all his feathers off helped with the flight or the turkey’s overall health. After the feathers settled to the road and into the radiator most of the turkey was on the other side of the road and we managed to keep driving down the road as he hobbled off into the field.

We had the discussion if we should stop but we decided if he wasn’t dead how much help would it be for us to bludgeon it with a tire iron vs the coyote that had a tenderized turkey breast for dinner.

Below is a picture of the damage the turkey did. Most of the turkey blood is gone but Jonah is still telling people that we have turkey blood all over the minivan.


If the turkey was just trying to get to the other side he will need to fly higher next time, or at least that would be my recommendation.

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3 Responses to Why did the turkey cross the road?

  1. Pop Pop says:

    I think the coyote would be better served with the dinner than you! Glad no one was hurt.

  2. Rene' Russell says:

    Late last summer Rod, Devon & I had a day of Freshmen College Orientation planned at UMKC. Devon was volunteering at Youth Front one hour south of KC & planned to meet us on campus. As we pulled out of our driveway @ 7:30 a.m. that morning Devon called my cell telling me that she had just gone through a car wreck, but that she was OK. Even though she was shaken up & emotional, she somehow explained that a flock of turkeys had appeared out of nowhere (very foggy morning) and she had slammed into one head on, and proceeded to spin out of control. The car was totaled, but Devon was un-hurt, and my respect for turkey damage to a car escalated considerably!

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