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Thanksgiving spirit ‘flocking’ to one metro family

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thanksgiving spirit is flocking to one Oklahoma City family this year.

Jim and Monna Porter live around 122nd and Midwest Blvd. and were greeted with a large flock of turkeys outside their front door Tuesday.

They surrounded the house, took over the stairs, and even invaded the garage!

The family says they had a single turkey show up at their house a few years ago, but this is the first turkey invasion they have ever seen.

According to About.com due to overhunting and deforestation that eliminated wild turkeys’ habitat, these birds were nearly extinct in the 1930s.

Today, there are more than 7 million wild turkeys and their range is spread throughout North America.

Wild Turkey Range Map from About.com

Wild Turkey Range Map from About.com

Also from About.com there are approximately 5,500 feathers on an adult wild turkey, including 18 tail feathers that make up the male’s distinct fan.

There are five distinct subspecies of wild turkeys: Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande, Merriam’s and Gould’s. Subtle plumage differences and different ranges distinguish the birds. In some classifications, a sixth subspecies – the south Mexican wild turkey – is also recognized.

Wild turkeys have very powerful legs and can run at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Their top speed in flight is 55 miles per hour. Domestic birds, on the other hand, are bred to be heavier so they provide more meat and therefore cannot fly.