Who would steal a one-legged wild turkey?
Ruth Carrino, a Washington Township woman who cared for the wild turkey, told WCBS the bird was the town’s “unofficial mascot.”
Authorities say two white males were seen carrying the bird down her usual haunt on Pascack Road over the weekend. Signs can be seen around the town, posted by concerned citizens, offering a reward — $200 — for her return.
UPDATE: Eileen has been found
Eileen, the one-legged turkey, has been found safe at a bird rehabilitation center in Millington, New Jersey.
Police in Washington Township received a call Tuesday morning from representatives at The Raptor Trust, where Eileen — a constant fixture around town for the last two years — was dropped off Monday morning.
The names of those individuals who brought the bird in for treatment were provided to Washington Township police, Lt. Gregg Hackbarth said.
“We spoke to the people that brought her in, and it appears they were just being good Samaritans,” Hackbarth said. “They had the bird’s best interest at hand, and when Eileen’s available to be released, the animal control warden will bring her to the animal center in Wyckoff.”
Carol Tyler, senior animal control officer at Tyco Animal Control, said Eileen’s captors acted in the turkey’s best interest.