Wausau police capture turkey break-in

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) — A wild turkey burst through a second-story window of the City Walk Apartments in Wausau on Friday, prompting police to come rescue the bird and release it.

Doris Madden lives at City Walk Apartments. She was suspicious on Friday when she noticed the broken window.

“We had no idea what caused it, or if anyone was even home,” Madden said.

She called the apartment manager who got the interview to investigate.

“When he opened the door, there is the turkey. And so he thought, ‘I’m not going to try to catch that thing.’ So he called the police station for animal control,” Madden said.

“We have a humanitarian officer, so often the first response to any call, including animal calls, are our patrol officers. They just have to try to do the best they can with the information they have and the equipment they have,” Wausau Police Department Patrol Captain Todd Baeten said.

Baeten says he’s proud of how the officers handled the situation, and it shows how adaptable the department is. They also tried their best to protect the bird from harm by using long gloves and a fishing net to capture the wild bird.

“It really underscores the unpredictable nature of the work, which our agents are asked to do at any time,” Baeten said.

Madden said the whole building was about turkey.

“I think it’s kind of funny. I’m just glad it’s not my apartment,” she said.

Police released the turkey safe and sound after the capture.

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