A distress text from my Mom is not something to be ignored, especially when this picture is attached:
I opened my text, saw this thing in her backyard and her one word sentence, "Help!" We ran out to the car, my son faster than anyone in his quest to save his Grandma from dastardly birds that do not belong to her and in a minute we were standing at her fence asking if the bird was still there.
It was a turkey, just out for a Saturday jaunt, and I did not know this, but turkey's can fly and that is how this one landed in her completely fenced back yard.
My son and husband shooed it down into the old chicken coop, and then my husband went down the street to tell the neighbors their turkey was found, did they know it was missing? While he was gone, the turkey took flight and perched precariously on the edge of the back fence, distressed and making worried calls, and obviously thinking of jump/flying down the hill.
The neighbor arrived and we asked how she usually catches it and she replied, she doesn't really. It's one of two and she can usually lead one of them home with their food pan, and the other will follow. Well, we only had the one, and it decided enough was enough, it was leaving.
It took off in a half falling, half flying way, and the neighbor shook her head in distress. They are her mother's pets, and she will be in trouble if she loses them while her mother is in Europe.
I wonder if a turkey is a good pet? I honestly thought they were raising it for food!