Feathered demons! An aggressive wild turkey terrorizes upscale Boston suburbs by dominating the roads and attacking frightened children
- A rogue wild Türkiye population is terrorizing the residents of an upscale suburb of Cambridge, Massachusetts
- The turkeys, which congregate on the sidewalks during school off hours, become aggressive when encountered
- The parents and residents of the neighborhood have learned how to navigate the streets with care as they navigate their way around the feathered devils.
In Boston’s upscale Cambridge neighborhood, wild turkeys terrorize the streets by dominating the roads in groups and chasing children.
Earlier this week, a postman in the area was reported to have been attacked, which comes as no surprise to residents as it is an issue they have now dealt with for years.
A video shared with a local news outlet showed a large handful of birds circling the sidewalk as cars drove by.
The daily turkey trot is said to happen around the time the neighborhood kids leave for school in the morning. Children have learned to be aware of the presence of birds, lest they be chased.
The wild turkey population in Massachusetts is approximately 25,000
“It’s something to be aware of walking down the street because they’re going to chase us,” said Emily Hill, who lives in Cambridge in a building sometimes occupied by feathered friends.
Hale and her seven-year-old daughter, Julia, have first-hand experience with the group.
Last fall, Hill said, “Turkey got in the way. We got her (Julia) off her scooter and tried to wave at her to scare her away.
The turkey “became more aggressive and started chasing us,” she said.
The couple made it home unscathed but walk the streets of the quiet neighborhood with a growing sense of caution now.
It’s all over. They travel in large flocks. They jump into a tree, he continued.
“I always walk the kids to school,” said Jonathan Elsner, another neighborhood resident who filmed some videos of the birds taking over the sidewalk. I don’t let them go alone.
His little daughter’s friends have recently found themselves being chased by big birds on their way to school.
“Suddenly they clapped their heads and had to run really fast,” said Mika Elsner.
“They ran up a hill and around the corner but it was terrifying,” she said of her friends who survived the crash unharmed.
The school girls and other neighbors now remain alert and they always try to keep a safe distance from the birds.
‘It’s something to be aware of walking down the street because they’ll come after us,’ said Emily Hill, who lives in Cambridge in a building sometimes occupied by friends and foes.
Some wild turkeys roaming the streets of Cambridge frighten the locals and children
Mika Elsner told a recent story about turkeys chasing her friends on their way to school
“If you try to drive them away, it actually antagonizes them and they will come after you,” Hill said.
While Turkeys have been marching around Cambridge for a number of years, residents say that over the past several months, the size of the population appears to have increased. About 25,000 wild turkeys currently live in Massachusetts.
Turks are drawn to shiny things – such as hoods on cars – and windows. Sometimes they get aggressive when they see their reflection.