Benjamin Franklin was not a supporter of the bald eagle as our national bird, instead backing the wild turkey (no, not the bourbon) because of its toughness and native intelligence.
We now have proof of both characteristics as a gaggle of turkeys tried to take mass transit to escape New Jersey. Not that it’s smart to leave New Jersey, but using mass transit on Thanksgiving is pretty damned smart.
Some wild turkeys, it appears, were trying to get out of New Jersey before Thanksgiving Day. A spokesman for the NJ Transit said train officials reported a dozen or so wild turkeys waiting on a station platform in Ramsey, about 20 miles northwest of New York City, on Wednesday afternoon. The line travels to Suffern, N.Y.
“For a moment, it looked like the turkeys were waiting for the next outbound train,” said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for NJ Transit. “Clearly, they’re trying to catch a train and escape their fate.”
Transit workers followed the bird’s movements on surveillance cameras. “I have no idea how they got there,” Stessel said.
A Ramsey police dispatcher said the department had received three calls about the traveling turkeys who also were blamed for causing morning rush hour traffic problems on a roadway.