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November 24, 2021

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

It never fails; right around Thanksgiving bizarre turkey related stories always start popping up. And this year is no exception.

I was particularly amused by the suicide turkey in Sheboygan, WI who launched a preemptive strike on Thanksgiving last week. Utility officials say the turkey flew into a power line in Sheboygan County knocking out power for about 1,500 people.

But the real story comes from Gulf Breeze, FL where investigators say a teenager and his friend used a bow and arrow to shoot and kill a neighbor family's pet turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the two Santa Rosa County teens charging them with armed burglary, armed trespassing, theft of livestock and animal cruelty.

The teens told deputies they planned to eat the 30-pound turkey for Thanksgiving. I guess food stamps are a little harder to get in Florida.

The turkey's owners are a couple of animal lovers who live on 6 acres and have a multitude animals, but they said this turkey was special because he was so friendly. In fact, they said he was more like a family dog than a turkey.

Although the family dog would not go nearly so well with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy.


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