Group of Staten Island turkeys saved from death

You could say they flew the coop — but really, they flew into one.

A group of the Staten Island turkeys, once destined to die, were taken to a Hudson Valley animal sanctuary over the weekend.

“I’m sure they’re a little perplexed,” said Kathy Stevens, founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, where 28 of the turkeys now live.

Earlier this summer, the United States Department of Agriculture began rounding up turkeys that have lived on the South Beach Psychiatric Center grounds for over a decade.

Because of health risks from their waste, the birds were taken from the grounds and euthanized at a food processing facility.

Eventually, federal and state agencies partnered with outraged animal rights groups to take some of the birds to the sanctuary.

“It was interesting because it was a coalition of groups that are often on opposite sides of animal issues,” Stevens said.

There are at least 40 turkeys still on Staten Island. In a month, the sanctuary will assess if they can take in more.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been monitoring the beloved Staten Island turkeys for several years. The original birds were part of an abandoned domestic flock but have since bred with wild turkeys — making the current group hybrids.

“I have never heard of a situation like this, but when people take domesticated animals and abandon them, then of course things like this are going to occur,” Stevens said.

The birds are used to being fed by Staten Islanders, Stevens noted.

“They’ve been out in the wild and being fed peanut butter and jelly, now we’re giving them sunflower seeds and corn,” she said.

The creatures now live in an $8,000 turkey barn funded by GooseWatchNYC, a group known for rounding up geese to save them from slaughter in Brooklyn.

Soon, the turkeys will also have a 12-foot fenced area so they can roam around, though their wings will be clipped.

“We’re optimistic,” Stevens said. “They have a great big old outside space.”

You can donate to help care for the turkeys on the Catskill Animal Sanctuary website.

Under strict guidelines, those interested in having a “lifelong turkey companion” can also adopt the creatures once the sanctuary is certain they’re healthy.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…


Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.


Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.


Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.


‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."


'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…


Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…


Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.


Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.


Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.


Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.


Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…


Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…


Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…


4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.