Turkeys circling a dead cat in the middle of the road, of a subdivision stirred up quite a chatter on social media today. Though they are not engaged in some dark ceremony – I like the think they are performing the Great Conjunction ceremony of the Dark Crystal, casting a spell upon the Cat Kingdom. It appeals to my ‘inner-Tim-Burtonesque’ sensibilities.
However, in reality, the boring but truthful explanation is more likely a predator/prey action. The turkeys saw the cat – being on their way of normal travel – as a potential threat and were just looking to see if it would ‘waken’ and become a real threat. So they just circled it to monitor its effect on the situation. No movement, they will eventually move on in their previous straight line formation. If movement … well, if that happens then WE’LL ALL run for the woods!! –O’fieldstream