Twitter Is Perplexed By This Video Of Turkeys Circling Around A Dead Cat — Watch!

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Just keep gobbling?

Twitter is entranced with a bizarre video that was posted on Friday showing a group of turkeys endlessly circling around a dead cat.

Jonathan, the Boston-based user who uploaded the clip, said he was driving down the street when he noticed over a dozen turkeys engrossed in a peculiar ritual dance.

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He told BuzzFeed News:

“I never saw a single turkey [on that street] let alone all of these…I noticed they were walking in a perfect circle, not a turkey out of line, so I had to stop.”

Like any rational person, Jonathan recorded the National Geographic moment and shared it online for the interwebs to marvel over:


So what could possibly be the cause behind this ceremonial circling?

Alan Krakauer, a biologist at the University of California, told The Verge the birds may have been performing a “predator inspection,” when weaker animals approach predators to intimidate them in self defense.

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This behavior has been seen by biologists in chickens, pheasants, and quail — where the birds follow the tail in front of them as a way to stick together.

But since the cat is clearly dead in the video, there may be a more depressing explanation behind the behavior: the turkeys are stuck in some never-ending circle, with each bird following the tail before it.

Turkey expert (yes, that’s a thing!) Scott Gardner said:

“It’s not unusual for them to get into those dances where they chase each other around.”

Hmm.. we prefer Jonathan’s theory that the birds are just trying to give the cat a 10th life.

[Image via Twitter.]

Mar 3, 2017 5:08pm PDT

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