Idaho Couple Finds Wild Turkey Trapped In Home
CUB RIVER, Idaho – A Cub River, Idaho couple came home after a few days away to find a wild turkey had been trapped inside, causing several thousands of dollars in damage.
Randy and Shirleen Halford returned to their home near Preston just ahead of the holiday weekend to find an unwelcome intruder inside.
“I could see that the house was messed up, and I told my wife, ‘Uh oh. We have problems. Something’s been in our house,’” Randy Halford recalled.
Halford said he opened the front door to find a wild turkey waiting underneath the Christmas tree.
“The first thing I did was to ask my wife to go out the front door,” Halford said, explaining that he tried to push the turkey outside. “When it saw me, it saw our kitchen window, and tried to fly through it again.”
Instead, Halford said the turkey went head first into the window, knocking itself out.
“I was able to grab it by the neck, and take it outside. I laid it in the snow and it quickly came to and just kind of walked off,” Halford said.
A big mess was still left behind. Broken glass, broken window blinds, and turkey poop was everywhere.
“There’s only two rooms in this house, in the top level, that didn’t get destroyed – the master bedroom, the door was shut, and a guest bedroom across the hall, the door was (also) shut.” Randy’s wife, Shirleen Halford explained.
The Halford’s called a restoration company, which helped clean up the mess that same night.
“They started just putting plastic down, and taping it so we could walk around,” Shirleen said. “Because we were just walking in the turkey droppings, and the smell was horrible.”
Shirleen Halford said the turkey left behind an estimated $5,000 to $7,000 in damage.
“Even the insurance company, the restoration company, they said, ‘This is a first. We’re not even sure we’ve seen anything like this,'” Shirleen recalled.
Much of the carpet was thrown out, along with the Christmas tree. Still, the Halfords managed to have some of their grandchildren and their families over for the holiday.
“We still had a really good time,” Shirleen said. “We got this little tree up, and so yeah, it was fine, because we were still all together.”
The small, potted tree Shirleen referred to was delivered by friends, with a bit of a sense of humor. Perched at the top was a small, felt turkey.
“They brought that little turkey on that little tree that we stuck on the top of the tree, as a remembrance of our Christmas with the wild turkey,” Shirleen said, giggling.
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