Had your share of odd things for this week? If not, then you’re about to hear about a rather peculiar event which took place in a neighborhood of Boston. How would you feel if you were walking down the street, minding your own business, and, all of the sudden, you would see a bunch of full-grown turkey performing a wild dance around the decomposing body of a cat?
Yes, you read that right. A few residents from the Boston neighborhood woke up with turkeys running around in circle in the middle of the road. Upon looking more closely, they saw that they were circling around a dead cat, which was probably lying there for quite some time.
Needless to say, the whole performance was captured on tape and posted on social media. The would-be photographer who immortalized this unique moment was so baffled that he didn’t know what to believe.
Some of the social media users claimed that there was something out of this world about the turkeys going in circles around the corpse of the poor feline. However, this day, science prevailed, and pretty soon the mystery around turkeys’ ritualistic dance was made clear.
A biologist working at the University of California explained that there is nothing supernatural about the birds’ behavior and that it all boils down to posturing. As the biologist explained, because the turkeys are situated lower on the food chain, they often employ these types of maneuvers in order to discourage potential predators.
More specifically, by doing the ‘victory’ dance, the turkeys are saying that they are acknowledging the presence of a predator in the area and that they are prepared to take action. The biologist said that this type of behavior often discourages predators from taking any action, as their position has been compromised.
So, why are they stuck in that loop? According to the same biologist from the University of California, turkeys and other birds feel that there is strength in numbers and that the safest way to elude a predator is to follow the guy in front of you. Basically, they were all following each other and kind of got stuck running around in circles.
The biologist said that he had seen a similar case not so long ago when a group of turkeys formed a circle around a coyote who was preparing to attack.
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