You Are What You Eat
Friday, November 27, 2009 | Author: eventer79
Friday Fun Fact!

And a turkey fact it is, of course!

Adult turkeys have between 5,000 and 6,000 feathers (oh poor student who had to count these, how I pity you.). These feathers allow them to fly up to 55 mph, unless they have the misfortune of being born a domesticated turkey, which cannot fly at all. Even if they are on the ground though, don't take a turkey on in a foot race as they can easily pass you at 25 mph in a dead run.

Turkeys may be goofy looking, but they are very intelligent and posses keen eyesight. Which was why Benjamin Franklin chose the wild turkey as the US national bird. Unfortunately, the turkey was ousted by the showy bald eagle -- which is somewhat more appropriate, as eagles are known for their scavenging, bully ways; they much prefer to beat up smaller birds and take their food rather than hunt on their own, a piece of poetic irony I just love.
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On November 27, 2009 at 2:42 PM , Once Upon an Equine said...

I didn't know turkeys are intelligent and athletic. I may have to serve tofurkey next Thanksgiving.