Turkeys can fly

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Wild turkeys can fly at speeds up to 55 mph for short distances, about 100 yards. Enough to get away from any predators. They can run up to 25 mph too.

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“WKRP in Cincinnati” had an episode about dropping domesticated turkeys from a helicopter, as a promotion for the station, falling on innocent by standers watching from below. They fell like rocks because they’ve lost that ability. I think the quote from the head of the stations was: “As god is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

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A video is worth a thousand words.

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We had a turkey wandering around the neighborhood a few months ago.

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