YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI – Flowers, drawings and balloons sit at the intersection of Whittaker and Textile roads in honor of a wild turkey that had made the area its home.
The well-known “Ypsilanti Turkey” locals had dubbed Whittaker was euthanized Monday, July 3, after being hit by a car.
For the past several months, the turkey entertained and sometimes annoyed area residents and drivers by sitting and walking in or near the intersection. The bird often approached vehicles.
There is even a Facebook page for the turkey, where people posted photos and stories about the bird. Now it’s become a page for people to remember Whittaker.
Earlier this spring, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources tried to move the turkey twice, but Whittaker kept returning to the intersection.
“It’s our community mascot, and we like that,” said Ypsilanti Township resident Kim Gray in April.
“We know that Whittaker held a special place in many people’s hearts, and his sassy free spirit will be missed,” the Humane Society of Huron Valley posted on Facebook. “We share our world with wildlife who call the outside their home. Let’s do all we can to keep them safe.”