Apparently these aren’t turkey buzzards but actual turkeys… and in a tweeted video that has since gone viral, they appear to be performing a bizarre ritual around a dead cat.
Have you ever seen anything like this before?
These turkeys trying to give this cat its 10th life pic.twitter.com/VBM7t4MZYr
— J… (@TheReal_JDavis) March 2, 2017
Most people haven’t.
@TheReal_JDavis did the turkeys kill the cat?
— B.L. Ochman (@whatsnext) March 5, 2017
According to The Verge, turkeys don’t normally eat dead animals:
Why in the world are the birds doing this? They might be performing what’s called a “predator inspection,” says Alan Krakauer, a biologist at the University of California, Davis, who studies the behavioral ecology of birds, in an email to The Verge. Sometimes, animals lower down in the food chain approach predators — a behavior that can be seen as risky, but can actually help the prey. Making the predator aware that the prey know it’s there can sometimes scare the predator away. The “inspection” also allows the prey to check how determined the predator is to attack, and can alert other animals to the danger.
What’s weird is that in the video the turkeys are circling a dead cat — definitely not a dangerous predator. And turkeys don’t usually eat dead animals, including dead cats, so it’s not like they’re doing some weird ritual dance before tasting their meal.
So… yeah. Whatever it is, it isn’t normal.
Looks creepier sped up.
— Computer Cleric (@PixelMage1) March 3, 2017
Almost like a ritual.
.@TheReal_JDavis Gobble gobble, toil and trouble!
— Khaleda Rahman (@khaleda) March 3, 2017
What do you think is really going on here?
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