Wild turkey attacks Hudson EMS center, flies coop to avoid capture

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- On March 29, shortly after 10 a.m., the EMS center on Oviatt Street was attacked by a lone suspect that broke one pane of glass, attempted to break several more and jumped onto a squad before escaping authorities.

The attacker left a blood trail and other DNA samples behind, according to officials. Police believe this was an isolated incident.

Who was the thug that caused about $130 in damage in the attack? A ticked-off Tom turkey.

According to police, the wild turkey had "flown into one of EMS garage door windows on the north side of the building, smashing the entire pane."

The turkey launched itself at the window pane so hard that some employees thought it was a gunshot, according to Hudson Communications Manager Jody Roberts.

The bird landed in the bay, "shook itself and jumped onto one of the squads," according to EMS staffers.

The angry gobbler then exited through the same window, according to police. Before fleeing, the turkey "tried to hit several more nearby windows with negative results," police reported.

The officer on the scene conducted a quick online search and found that male turkeys can become aggressive if seeing a reflection in a window, thinking another turkey is on its turf.

"I advised the male officers on my shift to be on the alert for the turkey in case it bombarded them by mistake," the officer reported.

Officers were unable to apprehend the turkey, according to officials.

"The bird did get away," Roberts said.

Roberts was not aware of any similar attacks to the EMS center or city buildings.

The elusive bird left a trail of blood and feathers in its wake, according to police.

It left something else behind, too, according to Roberts.

"Needless to say, turkey jokes are abundant around here now," she said.

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  • Hot Turkey: HUDSON HUB-TIMES, 6 April 2014

    It seems a local turkey made

    An April foolish mess:

    He made a very odd attempt

    To join the EMS.


    He flew inside the full garage—

    An open window called:

    And Thomas Turkey answered it.

    The humans were appalled.


    He smacked into some window glass

    As he sought to escape.

    He bonked his turkey noggin and

    Emerged in shaken shape.


    He flopped and flew back to his home,

    Back where he had begun,

    And poured himself (Wild Turkey brand)

    A stiff and bracing one.


    The more he drank, the angrier.

    He’d even up the score!

    He’d call the fiercest of his flock—

    Declaring Turkey War.


    They would attack Thanksgiving week.

    Their wings would flail—Oh, wham!

    Defeated humans would reform

    And switch their meal to ham.