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Don't you love living in a state where we are so one with nature?

For many of us it is common place to spot a deer or two on our drive to work. Even the occasional moose on the loose is exciting but it's still not totally out of the ordinary.

On the Rockingham Alert Facebook page, a deceased turkey was spotted in a tree in Plaistow on Thursday. Now that is unusual, even for our fine state.


One of the commenters on the post said the dead animal was spotted by some children who were horrified, and rightfully so.

NH Fish and Game were contacted and eventually animal control came to remove the animal. A commenter on the Facebook post also said it was pretty traumatic for onlookers when the animal hit the ground with an enormous *THUD*

There are so many questions! For the purpose of this exercise, since we don't know the gender of the turkey we will refer to it as "he".

  • How long had he been up there?
  • How did he die?
  • Was he stuck up in the tree, injured and unable to come down?
  • Was he killed by another animal?
  • Did he freeze to death?
  • Was he simply old and died of natural causes?
  • Though this feels really abnormal, is it more common than we think?

If any turkey or wildlife experts happen to be reading this, please feel free to come forth let us know.

And finally, congratulations to Keith Nelson who took the liberty of commenting, "Sounds like fowl play" on the post. Well done, Keith. Somebody had to do it.

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