My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey
November 13, 2017 Christina Mullin

This documentary, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming, is the story of one man’s remarkable experience raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood. After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother.

“I learned many things – but maybe the most important was that we are essentially unaware of the overwhelming complexity that exists all around us. And I’ll never see the world in the same way again. “

The movie makes the perfect family film, as Hutto (who narrates the film, while actor Jeff Palmer plays the role) leads the turkeys through the forests, and then, almost literally, becomes one of them. There are encounters with numerous poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, raptors and other predators. The movie evokes the experience of life as lived by wild animals, life so closely and intensely observed that all distraction falls away.

I cannot recommend this movie highly enough.

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