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Turkeys Try to Catch Train Out of N.J.

November 22, 2006

RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) _ Some wild turkeys, it appears, were trying to get out of New Jersey before Thanksgiving Day.

A spokesman for the NJ Transit said train officials reported a dozen or so wild turkeys waiting on a station platform in Ramsey, about 20 miles northwest of New York City, on Wednesday afternoon. The line travels to Suffern, N.Y.

``For a moment, it looked like the turkeys were waiting for the next outbound train,″ said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for NJ Transit. ``Clearly, they’re trying to catch a train and escape their fate.″

Transit workers followed the bird’s movements on surveillance cameras. ``I have no idea how they got there,″ Stessel said.

A Ramsey police dispatcher said the department had received three calls about the traveling turkeys who also were blamed for causing morning rush hour traffic problems on a roadway.

``From time to time, I’ve heard calls that there are turkeys on the loose,″ said Erik Endress, president of the Ramsey Rescue Squad, a volunteer group. ``Maybe they’re trying to make a break.″

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