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Bizarre video shows turkeys circling around dead cat

Screenshot/Twitter
Screenshot/Twitter

This is not a horror movie or the Twilight Zone.

Twitter user @TheReal_JDavis posted a bizarre video Thursday showing a group of wild turkeys circling a dead cat in the street.

The user is listed from Boston.

Andrew Farnsworth, a research associate with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, told HuffPost that he’s not an expert in wild turkeys specifically, but his suspicion is that the circling is “some sort of mobbing behavior.”

“It would be a reasonable explanation to this that, despite being dead, the cat represents a threat to the turkey that should be driven away,” he said in an email to HuffPost. “So they are mobbing it in the same sense that crows and many other birds mob owls.”

He noted that it was very unlikely that the turkeys plan to eat the dead cat.


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