By Andrew Draughon
Turkeys and polecats are natural enemies.
(Polecats are European weasels, by the way.)
So how do you imagine a mother turkey responds to the sight of a hungry polecat threatening her young?
If you guessed squawking, clawing, and gnashing of the beak—you’d be right!
In fact, in an experiment by animal behaviorist M. W. Fox…
Turkeys flew into an uncontrollable rage and attacked their lanky predators in self-defense…even when the “polecats” in question were actually fake, stuffed replicas.
Which makes sense, right?
Turkey sees polecat-looking shape—turkey becomes alarmed and enraged!
Well, here comes the twist…
What do you think happens when the researchers place a recorder playing a baby turkey’s “cheep cheep” call inside the stuffed polecat?
Shockingly enough, the mama turkeys welcome the toy instead of attacking it.
They would even get on top of the stuffed animal to protect it, just like they would a…
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