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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Life as a Turkey Documentary

The life of jakes, hens, gobblers, toms; it’s a thrilling yet sensitive glimpse into one of nature’s most misunderstood and mysterious creatures – the turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

Combining unique photography, dry swamp nature scenes, and insight from naturalist Joe Hutto, this PBS special is one not to miss. Gather all your friends and family. What a story. Just fantastic! Plus a great soundtrack to boot, including music from Cat Power, Sarah Harmer and more.

Hint: Ever since childhood I’ve been fascinated with these birds. In fact, I can’t seem to get away from them, especially after an angry one charged across a state highway road, and then dive-bombed right into the front left headlight and grill of my truck last spring causing several hundred dollars’ worth of damage. What?

Turkey boy, you’re a mean one...mister.

Happy Thanksgiving!

PBS Nature Synopsis: After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother. One man’s remarkable experience of raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood.

Watch the full episode here

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