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Fowl play: Montreal police escort turkeys down St-Denis St.

With American Thanksgiving less than a week away and Premier François Legault just announcing Christmas celebrations will be allowed this year, many are contemplating future turkey dinners.

Meanwhile, on social media Friday, many were wondering about wild turkeys hanging out in the Plateau.

Images began popping up on social media networks of a group of turkeys strolling down the sidewalk on St-Denis St. near Laurier Park in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough on Friday morning. They are seen being escorted by Montreal police officers.

Videos of the birds began appearing on social media, with the inevitable jokes following the fowl posts.

Here are some of the comments on Instagram under the video posted by F—NoMtl:

“Police birdtality.”

“Practicing their baton routines for the next protest.”

“To Protect and Gobble.”

“Lol, we’ve had wild turkeys since the beginning of the year in Laval and not once I’ve seen police escorting them. Then (they come) into the Plateau or wherever that is, they get more attention than Billie Eilish when she gets a new haircut.”

Raphaël Bergeron, a media-relations officer for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, said he had not heard of the incident with the turkeys.

“We’re not equipped to capture turkeys,” said Bergeron. “Probably what we did was just get them off the street so there wouldn’t be an accident. We have no tools to deal with this … there’s been no report of the police being involved in an incident with turkeys. We just push them into a secure area. I can only confirm that there is no report anywhere of the police transporting turkeys.”

Writer Brendan Murphy biked by and saw them and posted a video on Twitter. In a message to the Gazette, he said they were “strutting around like they owned the place.”

Earlier this year, there were numerous sightings of wild turkeys in the Montreal area, which led the Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie borough to post on its Facebook page that wild turkeys “pose no danger” for people. “If you run into a wild turkey on your walk, just continue on, like you would with a squirrel or a racoon,” according to the post. “Don’t call 311.”