Nairobi, March 4, In what many consider a bizarre occurrence, a Massachusetts resident filmed what was said to be turkeys ‘mourning’ a dead cat. Perhaps of greater interest, was the level of devotion demonstrated by the estimated 20 wild turkeys .
Many theories abound in trying to decipher what was happening in the scene. Some wondered whether it was a death ritual. There were suggestions of the turkeys mourning the dead cat.
In folklore, cats have been associated with magic spells. This notion may have spiced up what was already a peculiar scene. Experts, however, were quick to dismiss most of these theories.
A wildlife biologist explained that the behavior was a perfect cocktail of curiosity and fear. Curiosity as the turkeys tried to understand what had transpired and the fear of a what was once a potential predator.
Other queer behavior in wildlife has been observed among crows that seemingly mourn their dead. The special attention paid by ravens to a fallen comrade has been decoded as a search for the causative death threat to avoid it in the future.
Elephants on the other hand exhibit a heart-rendering mourning ritual. These intelligent beasts cry their hearts out for days and attempt to give their buddy a decent burial using branches and twigs
Chimpanzees and several members of the ape family have been also recorded to show great level of emotions especially on the death of a family member. Back to our “turkeys mourn a dead cat” video… were they mourning? solemn contemplation? We may never know for sure.
Meanwhile, watch the peculiar scene in the video below: