What you see here is the Wild Florida Turkey, also named after the Seminole Chief "Osceola" Turkey and there are thought to be 80 to 100,000 of these in the scrubs, palmettos and swamps here in Florida.
I was surprised to find out, how many predators are hunting these birds (and the alligator isn´t even among them!):
Bobcats, raccoons, skunks, possums, coyotes, armadillos, crows, owls, hawks, eagles, and snakes are known to eat both eggs and turkeys alike.
(Read the whole article on http://www.rural-florida-living.com/2013/03/the-florida-wild-or-osceola-turkey.html)
So, when you eat your turkey on Thanksgiving this year, you will have peace of mind to know, that the turkey you roast, was bred to be eaten and there are still thousands out there which will stay where they are, living wild and free ;-)
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