What a wonderful experience!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Queen of the Lilliputians, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Ok, well, I have to share this. It was really pretty awesome.

    So I was driving into town, and saw a Wild mother turkey crossing the road ahead. She was surrounded by a constellation of chicks. They picked their slow way across, and I slowed down nearly to a stop.
    Thanks to some fairly recent posts on this forum, I glanced back in the ditch from the side they had come and saw a baby stuck there, running down the ditch! I stopped the car, and hopped out. It is a fairly busy road, and there was water IN the ditch. Mom seemed to be heading off into the brush with the rest of the enormous brood. So.. when I got to the ditch I saw there were actually TWO stuck there. I'm not sure what I was planning on doing at this point, since I was really afraid mom was going to wander off. Anyway, chicks spotted me and started a VERY panicky peeping. Mom heard! She stopped where she was, just behind tree line on opposite side of the road. The entire time this was all going on she kept up a constant GAB gub gub gub. The chicks in the ditch were running for their poor little lives.
    Anyway, I herded one baby out of the ditch and it dashed into the road. I herded it toward it's mom (who at this point wasn't so sure about me, so came a bit closer, still calling her babies and staring at me like she'd like to attack). When that baby was finally across the road <and I had muttered under my breath to mom "don't attack me!">, I turned my attention back to baby #2, who had lodged itself into a thick stand of ferns. Well, it shot out the other side, and headed across to mom, too, who at this point apparently decided I WASN'T so dangerous. She hadn't really moved, and still called, but was no longer staring at me.

    Anyway, Both babies back with mom, and all happy (including me!). What a wonderful experience to be that close, and to feel like MAYBE I helped them a little.. if only by keeping them from being hit by a passing car.

    Just wanted to share.

  2. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    that is a great story thinks for sharing it.
  3. Judymae

    Judymae Songster

    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    How sweet! My hubby laughs at me because if I see something like that I have to stop. Can't tell you how many times I've stopped to remove a slow moving turtle from the middle of the road. I even stopped traffic to let a snake cross. I wasn't gonna pick it up! But I didn't want it to get hit.
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Oh how cool! [​IMG] Glad they made it across the road in one piece. It must have been really exciting getting that close to a wild critter!
    Turkeys are making a great comeback in Maine, I've noticed. I see them everywhere now. This winter they were even on my neighbors lawn!
  5. Cheri

    Cheri Songster

    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    My daughter saw a wild Turkey on the side of the road but I was too slow to see it.
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Great story Queen. I love a happy ending.

    We have lots of turkeys here. We live on the creek and here them almost daily. Sometimes they come to visit in the yard. It is a treat everytime they come to visit. [​IMG]
  7. unlikelyfarmers

    unlikelyfarmers In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2007
    That's touching...chicks are so vulnerable, sounds like you saved their lives. [​IMG]
  8. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    That's really nice! We don't have turkeys in our yard, but everywhere we go we see 'em in the pastures on the way. They're really neat looking.

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