Weeks ago, we told you in this space about “Smoke,” a wild turkey in Ashwaubenon, Wis., with an attitude.
Smoke would hold up traffic, and people — a lot of people, anyway — were digging Smoke, named the Tukey-Mayor of Ashwaubenon. People were wearing “I Stand with Mayor Smoke” T-shirts as public safety authorities tried to capture him. He kept evading capture.
Time is running out for Smoke after he chased a little kid this week until a driver intervened.
FOWL PLAY: This testy turkey was in hot pursuit of a Wisconsin boy who was trying to walk home from school – when a good Samaritan in an SUV came to the rescue, cutting off the bird from its prey.The man who shot the video says the driver in the SUV gave the child a ride home. https://abcn.ws/2Et200g
Posted by ABC News on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
“My first concern is, I don’t want to see the child run out in the road trying to get away from this, and get hit by a car. I like, instinctively turned in front of it and he was like, ‘No don’t, you are going to hit it!’ It didn’t get hit at all, but I was like, ‘What if that was our child?'” Vanessa Miramontes, the driver, told WBAY.
Smoke — OK, we’re not really sure it’s Smoke (psst: it’s Smoke; you know it’s Smoke) — stared Miramontes down, but she was unruffled.
Another driver stopped and took the boy home.
On Wednesday night, officers tried to capture the turkey again. And, again, they failed.
One member of a Facebook group dedicated to Smoke appeared to swear at officers (warning: Obscenity)