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David F. and his friend were golfing at the Elm Ridge Country Club in Montreal, Canada, when an ornery tom interrupted the round.
The turkey took a keen interest in one of the golfers and got very aggressive.
The golfer, having presumably never encountered an aggressive turkey, had no idea what to do.
He grabbed a 7-iron from his bag and tried to keep the turkey at bay. To no avail.
The gobbler just kept coming.
Aggressive little buggers, aren’t they?
Until you give ’em a good whack in the chest, that is. After connecting with his club for a second time, the turkey retreats into the woods.
“Soon after it cut out, the turkey stood down, and returned to the forest a humbled beast,” David wrote.
On an interesting note, this was NOT a territorial dispute. Turkeys don’t get territorial. This tom was likely trying to establish dominance. The bird perceived the golfer as lower in the “pecking order.”
Turkeys actually adhere to a very strict social hierarchy—and work hard to preserve it.
Interesting bird, the turkey.