At least that's how an NBC affiliate has described it.
A group of wild turkeys is wreaking havoc in a Cherry Hill, N.J. neighborhood. The large birds attacked a mother and child Thursday afternoon. NBC Philadelphia photojournalist Bruce Ryan had to step in and help scare the turkeys away.Journalists don't typically insert themselves into a situation; they merely record it. So the turkeys must have been on the verge of pecking the child's eyes out. Wow -- Ryan's one courageous man. See for yourself.
Actually the turkeys hadn't even touched the boy or his mother when Ryan said, "Now I got 'em attacking a kid. They're attacking a kid right now. [...] I'm gonna go help 'em."
The mother was smiling and taking her sweet time to remove herself and her son from the situation. Off camera we can hear screams, but judging from Ryan's response beforehand, I'd bet he and the woman were being a bit dramatic.
These birds were likely scared, removed from wherever they had been living. If they actually did attack anyone, I'd like to think it was due to anger that had been building in the species for more than 200 years.
This November please spare a turkey his life. Have a vegetarian (or vegan) Thanksgiving.
(Video courtesy of nbcphiladelphia.com.)