Strangest Thing You'll See Today-Turkey's Circling Dead Cat
So Very Strange..So Very Weird
One thing is for certain this world will never cease to amaze you.
There will always be something new that you never saw, heard, or imagined that will occur during your lifetime.
This is one of those moments.
A group of wild turkeys create a strange and bizarre ritual by circling around a dead cat in the middle of the road.
Experience it with additional sound for an even stranger effect:
A Possible Explanation
"Boston Magazine called "Massachusetts' foremost turkey expert," who said it was possible that the birds were trailing behind one animal who set out to investigate the corpse, and then wound up — follow-the-leader style — in a perfect circle. Biologist Alan Krakauer, an expert on the behavioral ecology of birds, offers an explanation that ascribes a little more intention to the birds. He tells NPR it's "most likely ... predator inspection behavior." He explains that turkeys, when faced with an animal that might eat them, sometimes follow the risky route of actually approaching the predator. It can help signal to other turkeys in the area that there's a threat, or help the turkeys evaluate how big of a danger the predator is. "Or it could let the predator know the prey are aware of its presence, which might encourage the predator to move elsewhere to seek an easier meal," he says — "a lot like a group of small songbirds mobbing a hawk or owl they have discovered." Or, you know, it could backfire — if the predator is a little more ... conscious ... than the cat in the video