Coleman, who was driving south on the Hutch at about 2 p.m., saw the turkey lying immobile in the median. “She was clearly distressed,’’ says Coleman, who pulled over, put the turkey in her car and drove to Manor Veterinary Clinic in Pelham.
The bird, likely a female, probably bumped its head on a windshield, says Jakimer, noting that low-flying turkeys are not uncommon in the region.
“Driving down the Sprain, I’ve had them fly across my window not 10 feet away,’’ he says.
The turkey that Coleman rescued arrived at Jakimer’s veterinary office panting and in shock, he says. He administered fluids, pain medication and antibiotics, and today the bird, nicknamed Thomasina, is “up and conscious.”
The plan, says Jakimer, is to transfer the turkey to a wildlife rehabilitator in the coming days.
Jakimer says he’s treated sparrows, pigeons and sea gulls, but this is his first injured turkey.
“God willing, she’ll pull out of it,’’ he says.