One Very Sick Turkey.

Yesterday, my dad was returning from an errand and one of the neighbors was stopped along the gravel road near the house, peering into the ditch.

Dad stopped and found that they were looking at a wild turkey. In the ditch a few feet away from the neighbors. Not reacting much, but standing upright.

Clearly something was seriously wrong with this bird. Dad came up to the house to let us now. Roger, dad and I headed back to check out the turkey.

Upon closer examination, it became clear that this was one seriously ill wild turkey. Its head was completely covered in warty growths, including its tongue which was kind of hanging out to one side. The poor thing could barely see.

I took a few pictures, but I’m neither embedding them here nor putting ’em in my flickr stream. They are of one seriously diseased bird; nothing pleasant to look at. You can click through to the extended bit of the story to see the image.

We decided the best thing to do was to call the state conservation department. Fortunately, I had my iPhone in my pocket — a quick google search got the phone number, but revealed that they had no staff to deal with the bird (though they were interested).

So, another google searched turned up animal control. Gave a call — they captured the bird and held it overnight for the conservation department to have a look. I’ll try to call tomorrow to find out the verdict.

It looks like “avian pox“. Fortunately, not something that infects humans.

You can click the thumbnail or click here to see the full sized image.

One Response to “One Very Sick Turkey.”

  1. bonnie says:

    hi. i am a wild life rehabilitator and was recently called about 3 turkeys with this very same condition. thank you for your sensitivity to the bird’s plight. it does indeed appear to be avion pox.

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