‘Pursuit was a game’ in wild turkey’s chase of mail carrier

A wild turkey was caught on camera chasing a Canada Post mail carrier while on his daily rounds this March in Mississauga, Ont.

Don Cumming, of Port Credit, witnessed the confrontation on March 6 and posted several pictures to Twitter, where he quotes the postal worker as saying, “He chases me every day.”

According to a reply from the City of Mississauga’s Twitter account, there “have been reported sightings of wild turkeys in Mississauga. Birds may find their way into residential areas looking for food. These birds are good flyers and will find their way back to their natural area.”

Despite the good wishes, the bird was later “hit and killed by an unknown vehicle” according to another post by Cumming on March 12.

Cumming added the unnamed postal carrier is “now said to be saddened by the demise. Bird had learned to recognize the postal van and chased on a daily basis. Pursuit was a game, not a threat.”

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