The Secret Life of Turkeys

If you look carefully at this wild turkey, you’ll see that he is favoring one leg. There is a flock of turkeys that roam my street (and yard and trees). A few weeks ago, I noticed that one of the turkeys had a bum knee and hobbled behind the flock. Soon, I presumed, he would be dinner for a coyote or fox.

But I kept seeing that turkey limp around my neighborhood, trailing behind the flock. One afternoon, I even noticed the flock waiting patiently for Mr. Bum Knee to cross the road. They really did! They were lined up like a row of swim team parents waiting at the finish, cheering him on with squeals and gobbles.

How many tiny pieces of wild animals’ lives are we humans blessed to see?

And, perhaps more importantly, how does a flock of wild turkeys have more compassion than most people?

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Can you please tell me the name of the TV show and/or the network that you saw the program on the imprinted lioness. I saw it too and found it very touching. Please send the info to

  2. Suzanne says:

    Susan–It was called “The Heart of a Lioness” on Animal Planet. You can go to Animal Planet’s website to find out more. ~Suzanne