Twitter user @TheReal_JDavis captured a bizarre video of a group of turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat in the road. Immediately, everybody on social media began suggesting that maybe, just maybe, the turkeys were casting some bizarre brand of black magic. Others proposed that perhaps the birds were actually just enjoying a metal concert.
Thankfully, Boston Magazine called David Scarpitti (who they claim is “Massachusetts’ foremost turkey expert”) to find out just what in tarnation is going on in this clip. Scarpitti explained that turkeys don’t like cats and that when they saw one that wasn’t moving, it’s possible that “they were very curious to see what was going on.” He also said that “turkeys tend to follow a leader” and if the leader decided that they were going to parade around the roadkill, it’s possible that the birds found themselves caught in an accidental ritual.
Biologist Alan Krakauer spoke to NPR and also suggested that the turkeys were simply curious about the feline. He mentioned that it’s possible that the turkeys were “waiting to see if the cat wakes up.”