Van Turken 2, authorities 0: feathered fugitive flees again
Pictured, Van Turken is currently hanging out in the North Grenville Municipal Centre parking lot. (Supplied by the OPP)
Kemptville’s most famous inhabitant is still on the run from the authorities. Van Turken has escaped capture by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) for the second day in a row.
The OPP called in MNRF to safely relocate Van Turken, who has developed a knack for bringing traffic to a grinding halt at Kemptville’s busiest intersection. Police escorts have been necessary on multiple occasions.
Yesterday’s attempt to catch Van Turken was a flop and MNRF staff were spotted behind St. Michael Catholic High School this morning trying to capture the wily bird.
Community Safety Officer Annie Collins confirmed that the feathered fugitive is still on the loose. She noted Van Turken is currently hanging out in the North Grenville Municipal Centre parking lot.
Renewed efforts to relocate Van Turken may continue tomorrow.
Van Turken has gained national media attention and now boasts nearly 1,500 members on her personal Facebook page. Van Turken merchandise is now available, including coffee mugs depicting officers chasing the bird down County Road 43 and t-shirts.
For updates, check out the Van Turken – Kemptville’s favourite turkey on Facebook.