Thursday, November 27, 2008

Turkey Talk

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin suggested that the American wild turkey should be the national bird?

In Kentucky when we talk of wild turkey we mean Kentucky bourbon.

Although the turkeys we enjoy at Thanksgiving are fat, flightless and tasty, that is not the natural state of turkeys. Wild turkey are strong fliers (up to 55 mph for short distances) and among the fastest runners (15-30 mph).

One type of wild turkey is originally from Yucatan and Guatemala and the other is from Mexico and the US. Fossil records indicate that both types of turkey were once more widespread in the Americas.

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