Turkeys playing soccer, so cute, they are so playful, so sad to think of those being fattened up for the holiday season in often inhumane conditions.
Can you believe some assholes murder these beautiful, fun-loving creatures for a meal???
This is actually them viewing the soccer ball as a threat and attacking it. They aren’t “playing”, they are trying to kill it.
Sooooo…. IDK where this takes this discussion….
Lmao no it isn’t. Turkeys play like many other social creatures. I’ve even played fetch with turkeys.
They are not displaying any sort of fear behaviour, or aggression. Their neck/head skin will change to a vibrant red if they feel as such, or will be pale/almost white if they are scared. Throughout the video their skin remains the same colour and they do not look uneasy.
The vocalisations of these toms can tell you a lot about what they’re feeling…. and none of them mean fear or aggression.
- Gobbling - while wild turkeys gobble to attract a mate or warn off other males, turkeys who live in a group such as on a farm or as companion animals will gobble to tell each other where they are and to encourage the other birds to join them. In this instance, the turkeys are calling out and encouraging each other to interact together.
- "Excited yelp" - this is not a sound of alarm, but a sound of great excitement. Sadly, hunters will use this call themselves to attract a curious bird in - a bird who yelps with excitement often causes the other birds to get excited, too.
- Cutt - that sharp clucking noise they make at about 28 seconds in. Another call of excitement, not alarm.
Turkeys are ridiculously playful, as any turkey-bird caretaker will tell you. A frightened bird would not be engaging with the object like this, they would instead run away and put space between them, while making stress vocalisations and be pale in colour with ruffled feathers. Turkeys run from danger, they don’t fight, especially if there are no hens around for them to protect.
I actually raised turkeys for 7 years and am an animal science major, and they actually are showing aggressive behavior. They are also so unintelligent they will watch the sky when its raining and drown themselves. I lost 8 or 9 that way.