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Turkeys terrorize Michigan mail carriers

April 15, 2009 11:15:12 AM PDT
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." So goes the Post Office motto. It is, however, silent on the subject of wild turkeys, like the ones menacing mailman Doug Cody in Grand Haven, Michigan.The birds are not keeping Cody from his appointed rounds, but they are making things very difficult for him.

He was delivering mail one day when he first spotted the birds. He didn't think much of it, until they made a charge at him.

"They saw me down the street. One kind of ran toward me, the other two joined in, and all three of them went on a dead run," Cody recalled.

Cody took refuge on a house porch and called his postmaster.

"I said, 'Hey, I'm up on this porch and these turkeys aren't letting me leave,' you know, and there was silence there for a second, and then she heard them in the background. She laughed so hard, she dropped the phone, and I'm thinking, hey, wait a minute, this isn't funny," he said.

Cody made some inquiries and learned that three other mail carriers had also been terrorized by the turkeys. Turkeys can weigh up to 25 pounds and have very sharp beaks.

Strangely, they don't seem to bother anyone else.

"My granddaughter was laying on the grass here," said neighbor Ruth Bull, "And they walked right around her, so the only people they attack is the mailman."

Some locals theorize that it's the color blue the turkeys don't care for, but that doesn't explain why they also go after the mail truck.

"They'll peck at the back of the truck and spread their wings and make gobbling noises and try to chase it away," Cody said. He's not sure what prompts them to attack, but he now carries a club for protection.