Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Life As A Turkey

I have spent this drizzly Sunday afternoon, watching one of the most heartwarming stories of animal and human imprinting.

After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed.
Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother.

Deep in the wilds of Florida’s Flatlands, Hutto spent each day living as a turkey mother, taking on the full-time job of raising sixteen turkey chicks. Hutto dutifully cared for his family around the clock, roosting with them, taking them foraging, and immersing himself in their world. In the process, they revealed their charming curiosity and surprising intellect. There was little he could teach them that they did not already know, but he showed them the lay of the land and protected them from the dangers of the forest as best he could. In return, they taught him how to see the world through their eyes.
Enjoy....

Before watching the movie, please scroll to the bottom of the page, to the playlist and click the LARGE ROUND BUTTON, to turn off the music.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-life-as-a-turkey/introduction/7268/


Watch My Life as a Turkey on PBS. See more from NATURE.

16 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I missed the showing of this during the week, so thank you for putting this on your blog. It literally brought tears to my eyes. We keep chickens here, but had wonderful turkeys that our neighbor's dogs got into and killed. We miss them, and have talked about starting over again next year. After seeing this, I'll have to buy the program, and we surely will start again. Thank you!

Dr. Chris Burton said...

he could be me!!!!!

Gods Little People said...

I'm sorry this video is blocked from viewing in my country but I'm guessing I would love it. I just love this kind of devotion towards animals.

Barbee' said...

Thank you for this post. I wanted to see that program, but I lost out trying to find it on TV. Now, I have watched the whole thing, thanks to you.

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Mama-Bug said...

Jo, I watched this last night and it was so heartwarming! Who knew turkeys were so smart. It was one of the best nature programs I've watched in a long time. I'm watching it again!

DJan said...

What a story for the upcoming week! Thank you, Jo.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We missed it on tv. Is the whole movie on your link?
We have very slow DSL- so not sure we can see it. Oh how we would have loved it.
I clicked on the link and saw the man walking with the turkeys,,, oh we want to see it too
love
tweedles

Betsy said...

Awwww~ that is an adorable story!

Theanne and Baron said...

I'm so impressed with this man for doing this...just an amazing story!

L. D. Burgus said...

Yes we enjoyed seeing it last week up here and it is a wonderful story.

Denise said...

This is the first time I have heard of this particular show on Nature. I'm glad I didn't miss it, thanks Jo. I am about half way through and enjoying it very much.

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Susie Swanson said...

Haven't seen it yey but I would love too..It sounds so good..

Kate said...

This was such a great show! Aside from wondering how Joe managed to eat or get a hair cut if he could never leave the poults, I was just fascinated. I told my grandson about it -- it's playing here again tonight. He's going to record it, & we'll watch it tomorrow before the big feast.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Thank you for posting this Jo. I had never seen this before. I watched it and then the 'continued' video and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Now I'll show hubby tomorrow (Thanksgiving day)...I know he'll enjoy it just as much as I have. Hugs to you.
Maura X