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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Turkey Heads Back To The Woods

On Wednesday morning when I was ready to take Mom to day care I noticed a turkey hobbling through the snow in the front yard. I watched it flap its wings and move a few inches through the snow and fall. I’d watched this very same turkey all spring and summer scratch for food in the yard. The reason I know it was the same turkey is because it couldn’t fly. It had no tail feathers. It was using its wings to make its way into the woods for shelter from the cold. I got out of the car and watched it hobble and wing itself down the hill behind Mom’s house and settle beneath a tree and fallen branches. I knew if the turkey weren’t able to walk and scratch for food, it would die.

When I got to my house that morning, I told Two Feather about it and we rode down to Mom’s to see if the turkey was still there. We walked down the slope just behind the house and there she was, huddled beneath a pile of brush. She was still alive.

Two and I walked up to it and when we got within just a few feet of her, she pushed herself off the ground and hobbled down the hill using her wings for balance. She was a fast ball of feathers, but not fast enough for Two. He ran down the hill and grabbed her before she crawled beneath another pile of brush. He carried her up the hill and we took her home.

She had a broken leg. Two put a pop cycle stick splint on her leg and taped it so she could heal. All day Wednesday and Thursday, he fed her birdseed and was able to get her to drink water. He kept her safe and warm in the shed out behind our house. Thursday she was a bit spunky and got up on her foot and ran around the shed. This morning when he went out to the shed to feed her, she was standing by the door waiting for him.

This afternoon we rode back down Mom’s with her in his lap. He held her for a moment, stroked her head and set her free back into the woods.

The splint he made seemed to be holding up very well. I wasn’t able to get another shot of her as she ran down the hill behind Mom’s house. I hope she makes it through the winter. We’ll know next spring if we see that funny looking turkey without a tail.

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7 Comments:

Blogger nancy said...

it's always been amazing to me how adaptable animals can be, much more so than a lot of people.

1/05/2008 10:18 AM  
Blogger ~Betsy said...

I'm so glad you and Two spent the time to heal her. In her own way, I imagine she is very grateful!

1/05/2008 12:39 PM  
Blogger Cinnamin said...

Big hearted people love all animals!

Thank you for sharing this event with us Joanne!

1/05/2008 12:49 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

A lot of people wouldn't have bothered. Thank you so much for bothering!

1/05/2008 2:34 PM  
Blogger rilera said...

Thanks for sharing that heartwarming story. You and Two are angels. I hope she makes through the winter too.

1/05/2008 4:02 PM  
Blogger Joanne D. Kiggins said...

Thanks all. Two Feather and I love all animals and he really is good with them. The deer come right up to him on the path when he talks to them. This spring a yearling let him pet her.

We saw the turkey with the rest of the flock just before dark this evening. She seems to be doing well. YAY!!!

1/05/2008 6:03 PM  
Blogger rainbowheart said...

My heart is full as I read this post. Look at all the snow..and the turkey...We have turkeys that hunt for food in the fields near our homes. Animals amaze me...You and Two are angels on this Earth.

1/11/2008 10:40 PM