Festival Continues To Drop Live Turkeys From Airplane

October 10, 2016

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WKRP Turkey Drop

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the TV show, WKRP in Cincinnati created one of the most memorable moments in TV, where the fictional radio station would drop live turkeys from a helicopter, where they would fly out and land safely for the public to see. However those in Yellville, Arkansas must not have cable or satellite to see the horror of domestic turkeys not being able to fly.  The town's annual Turkey Trot festival, which was help over the weekend, includes a similar turkey drop of wild turkeys from an airplane 500 ft. in the air. While wild turkey can fly in bursts, they cannot soar like eagles. Of the 6 that were dropped, 5 were able to get their bearings and land safely, one didn't and died upon impact. The Turkey drop has been going on for about 50 years, with many feeling the practice of dropping the birds cruel as man die when they crash to the ground. 

SOURCE: Arkansas Gazette

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