March 12, 2012

Perhaps you saw the "attack turkey" on the news a couple of days ago. The TV showed a short clip of the turkey and I thought it was funny. But they did not show "the rest of the story." Here is the full report:

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Edna Geisler is a prisoner in her own home, constantly fearing the stalker who lies in wait for her on her front lawn. Her tormentor? A 30-pound wild turkey who she refers to as "Godzilla," reports The Detroit Free Press. Geisler, 69, said that the bird has stalked her for two months.

The turkey lurks in her yard, screeching constantly. Even worse, when she's alone, the large tom turkey attacks her, she said, pecking and clawing at her hands.

"I'm afraid to go out of my house," she said. "I have to go to the post office at 6 o'clock in the morning to avoid him."

Godzilla runs at her and bumps into her, clawing to the point of drawing blood.

"I got a terrible stinging right here," she said, pointing to the back of her left hand.

"Godzilla" has developed a routine: Each morning he wanders in from the woods on state land over to Geisler's yard, which he apparently has come to see as his own. Geisler's busy street doesn't bother Godzilla, and doesn't stop him from fanning his feathers - usually a method of flirting with hens - but in this case, just another tactic for scaring Geisler: When he preens, he's as big around as a car tire.

While Geisler is the main target, she's not the only victim. A friend, Rick Reid, recently pulled into her driveway and had the pleasure of meeting Godzilla after opening the door of his minivan.

"He tried to come right in the door," Reid said. "He bit me on the elbow. He's probably 25 to 30 pounds."

In the evening, after putting in a hard day's work of stalking Geisler, Godzilla returns home to woods, where a flock of wild turkeys live.

Geisler is at her wit's end. Even changing her schedule hasn't outsmarted her stalker.

"I slipped out and he wasn't there, but he was there waiting for me when I got back."

Geisler hopes Godzilla goes away by summertime so she can work on her garden.

"Every time I eat turkey I smile," she said. "I'd like to do that to him."