Turkey Intruder Crashes Into Apple Valley Home

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APPLE VALLEY (WCCO) — A recent “break-in” at an Apple Valley home caused a lot of damage — and a little laughter.

A few weeks ago, Kathy Ganzer’s daughter, Sara, and her caretaker, Becky Roth, came home from running errands, but they didn’t come home to an empty house.

In the porch, making itself at home on the couch was a turkey — and it wasn’t there for Thanksgiving.

“Shocked is the only way I can describe it really. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I froze. I didn’t know what to do. To be completely honest, I didn’t know turkeys could actually fly,” said Roth.

This one didn’t just fly. It flew more than 5 feet off the ground, crashed through two window panes and a screen, and landed in the porch. Ganzer said it didn’t appear that the turkey was hurt.

Roth got a neighbor to help scare it out, but not before she took a picture and not before the damage had been done.

“There was glass everywhere in this room, and, of course, turkey droppings everywhere,” said Ganzer.

The windows have been replaced and the new screen will be in soon.

On any given day, Ganzer sees more than a dozen turkeys in her backyard.

Now, there’s still an uneasy feeling at Ganzer’s house that somewhere out there, the turkey intruder is getting ready to strike again.

“If anyone needs a turkey for Thanksgiving, we have them. Actually, that’s probably not legal,” said Ganzer.

Ganzer thinks the turkey may have been spooked by a noise, which could have caused it to fly through her window.

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