The biggest turkeys in this story just might be human. Those would be the people who apparently decided to raise Aussie in their backyard in Pacific Grove.
“It’s likely they were preparing her for Thanksgiving,” said Beth Brookhouser, director of community outreach at the Monterey County Society for the Prevention.
But the strange way the locals were going about it may have cooked their goose. The SPCA is now investigating whether they were guilty of animal cruelty. Seems they tied Aussie to a tree by her foot and left her there, out of reach of any water or shade. She was tangled up in some patio furniture and panting heavily when a passerby caught sight of her last month.
At that moment, the hapless turkey was suddenly transformed into a lucky duck.
The person who found her called Pacific Grove Animal Control, which rescued her and brought her straight to the SPCA.
They couldn’t fix her up completely. She’ll never be able to fly because her wings had been cut at the “wrist joint.” But the feathers she’d been pulling out of her tail — in a sign of distress — have started growing back.
Brookhouser estimated that Aussie is less than 2 years old and said she should live to be about 6. And she’ll spend that time safely ensconced at the SPCA.