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Turkeys jump off truck, avoid becoming main dish on Thanksgiving

By Daniel Uria
Turkeys jump off truck, avoid becoming main dish on Thanksgiving
Two turkeys in Wisconsin avoided a likely trip to the slaughterhouse after falling off of a truck on Sunday. Photo By UPI mw/Mike Williams | License Photo

ANTIGO, Wis., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Two turkeys in Wisconsin avoided a likely trip to the slaughterhouse after falling off of a truck on Sunday.

The truck continued driving after accidentally dropping the turkeys and the two birds were eventually discovered by Wausau police.

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After failing to capture the birds, police received help from wildlife rehabilitation group Wild Instincts.

The turkeys were identified as endangered blue state turkeys upon their capture and were sent to live with Raptor Education Group Inc. Executive Director Marge Gibson.

"They will have Thanksgiving at our house and not in the way most turkeys experience this holiday!" Gibson wrote in a post on Facebook.

Gibson said the turkeys sustained leg injuries but are "comfortably recovering" following the crash.

"Falling off at truck on the way to the market has [pardon] written all over it," she said. "An accident that could have killed them [both actually] turned out to be the luckiest thing that could have happened to them.

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