Wild turkey: Subways delayed after turkey wanders onto tracks in Sunset Park

Turkey shoot: Sunset Park straphangers were delayed after a turkey waddled onto the tracks.
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This turkey’s no chicken!

A wayward turkey ruffled some feathers in Sunset Park Thursday morning, when the hapless bird waddled onto the tracks at the Eighth Avenue Subway Station and slowed train service to a crawl.

N train commuters spotted the pesky gobbler strutting along the rails at the station near 62nd Street at 7:39 a.m., according to Citizen, an app that alerts users of crimes in their neighborhoods.

“I was on the N train when they announced about the turkey,” commented Linn, a Citizen user. “Everyone was laughing.”

Fortunately for the bird, officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ordered trains to slow down, preventing the city’s transit system from turning Thursday’s turkey into Thanksgiving dinner.

“While Thanksgiving is still a few months away and this turkey is trying to escape the borough of Brooklyn, trains in the area were cautioned to operate at a safe and slow speed because of this turkey,” tweeted @NYCTSubway, the MTA’s twitter account for service alerts.

And despite their claims that the bird did not meet a fowl end, MTA officials can’t say for sure what happened to their feathered friend, who’s ultimate fate remains a mystery.

“Maybe his owner found him, put him in a turkey kennel and left the station,” @NYCTSubway hypothesized.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306.

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