A wild turkey waddled into a Staten Island, New York backyard one week ago and decided to make a home for her new family. She then proceeded to lay 18 eggs and defends her soon to be baby chicks aggressively from anyone or anything coming too close.
According to CbsNews, the owner of the property, located in the Duncan Hills section, wants to remove the eggs and the turkey, but despite his calls to 311 and the ASPCA, the wild turkey mom can’t be summarily evicted. Richard Gambardella will need a special permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in order to remove the mother and her eggs.
Although the turkey has not posed any threat to anyone, Gambardella complains she does use his yard as a bathroom, and he is worried she might harm someone.
It looks as though Gambardella however may get his wish. The DEC has dispatched a rescue group to move the turkey and her eggs to an animal sanctuary in the Catskills.
(Photos of wild turkey screenshot via CBS News)
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