‘Rogue’ turkey attacking National Trust visitors

PUBLISHED: 09:53 21 May 2014

The Felbrigg turkey at Wing and a Prayer at Stratton Strawless. Photo: Bill Smith

The Felbrigg turkey at Wing and a Prayer at Stratton Strawless. Photo: Bill Smith

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A “rogue” turkey has been attacking walkers at a National Trust woodland, in north Norfolk.

The fearsome fowl first appeared on Monday on the Felbrigg Hall estate, near Cromer, according to property manager Ray Sandham.

“We had various reports that a rogue turkey was out there and had gone on the offensive,” said Mr Sandham.

“As people walked past it was being quite threatening which was taking them by surprise - they didn’t expect to come across a turkey stag and one person actually thought it was a peacock.”

Walker David King used his jacket to ward off the bird which started following and attacking him as he headed back to the car park on Monday afternoon.

“Basically it went after me. It was pecking away at my jacket and tried to peck my leg.

“When it looked as if it wanted me for lunch I decided to retreat to my car,” said art historian Mr King, 69, of Burnt Hills, Cromer, who thought that the bird was actually an escaped capercaillie, an endangered large woodland grouse native to north-east Scotland.

A National Trust ranger managed to catch the belligerent bird this morning and it is now in the care of the Wing and a Prayer Wild Bird and Owl Haven at Stratton Strawless.

Haven manager Richard Gallop said he would probably be given a permanent home there. Mr Gallop added: “He’s been OK so far. He’s eaten a few sunflower hearts and we’re working on making friends.”

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