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Wild turkey invades home in Brookline

A wayward wild turkey made an action hero-style ­entrance into a Brookline home recently, smashing through a front window and startling a man and his dog.

But with a little help from a police officer, the bewildered bird eventually found its way out of an open window at the back of the house.

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The turkey crashed through a double-paned window at the house on Addington Road around 6:30 p.m. April 28, leaving large holes in the screen and window shade, said Didi Coyle, who lives in the house.

She said her husband, Tom ­Szydlowski, and their dog were sitting in the living room when the bird exploded through the glass. They were unhurt, but the turkey appeared to have lost about a teaspoon of blood, Coyle said.

She was standing in her driveway with a neighbor when the bird barged in.

“I was just sort of casually watching it, and I realized it was aiming for my house,” Coyle said. “It’s a big old Victorian house, a pinkish color, so I can’t imagine it didn’t see the house.”

The uninvited guest startled the family’s 12-year-old collie, which appeared ready to attack before Coyle swiftly scooped up the dog and secured it in another room, she said.

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While Coyle called police, the dazed turkey flew over ­Szydlowski’s head toward the back of the house, she said.

A Brookline police officer soon arrived and managed to corner the bird in a bathroom. The officer opened a back window and the turkey exited the house in a slightly more graceful manner than it had arrived, Coyle said.

Turkeys are common in Brookline, but Coyle said she had never heard of one flying through a window.

“I’m glad nobody was hurt — husband, dog, or turkey,” she said.

Todd Feathers can be reached
at todd.feathers@globe.com. ­Follow him on Twitter ­@ToddFeathers.

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