Biologist Joe Hutto was mother to the strangest family in the world, thirteen endangered wild turkeys that he raised from egg to the day they left home.
For a whole year his turkey children were his only companions as he walked them deep through the Florida Everglades. Suffering all the heartache and joy of any other parent as he tried to bring up his new family, he even learnt to speak their language and began to see the world through turkey eyes. Told as a drama documentary with an actor recreating the remarkable scenes of Joe’s life as a turkey mum.
Some facts about turkeys:
The wild turkey was first domesticated by Native Americans. Spanish explorers took the birds to Europe in the 16th century.
Turkeys’ heads change colour when they become excited.
The turkey was Benjamin Franklin’s choice for the United States’ national bird (he considered the bald eagle as a bird of bad moral character).
A wild turkey’s gobble can be heard up to one mile away!
Turkeys can run at speeds up to 25 mph, and they can fly up to 55 mph.
Released 1 Aug, 2011. 60 min. Producer: Dave Allen. TV documentary, part of the Natural World series.