My Life as A Turkey

My Life as A Turkey

Streaming Video - 2011
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Based on a true story, My Life as a Turkey explores one of those rare moments when man and animal become linked. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Joe Hutto was given the rare opportunity to raise wild turkeys from chicks. Hutto would spend each day out and about as a "wild turkey" with his family of chicks. Eventually, Hutto has to let his children grow up and go off on their own but, as it turns out, this was harder than he ever imagined. By this time, he's become as close to being a turkey in human skin as nature permits. NATURE recreates this story under the supervision of Lovett Williams, a world expert on the American Turkey and Chief of Florida's Bureau of Wildlife Research.
Publisher: [United States]: PBS , 2011
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Video
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 60 min.)) : sd., col
video file
Alternative Title: Nature (Television program)


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Feb 18, 2016

Excellent camera work, great story line. Shed a tear for "Sweet Pea"

Jan 23, 2016

I wish I had read the book first! A wonderful family movie--no violence, swearing, or sex. Most of the time I forgot it was not a reenactment, because it was so well done. If you love animals, if you've ever tried to rescue a wild animal, if you ever wished you had become a scientist (or if those are options for your children) this is a must see. This is not a Disney-type story where the family ends in tears-- but it does teach empathy for animals and acceptance of loss.

Dec 20, 2014

Beautiful story...<3 it ... worth the watch..."miaone" accurately described it.

Mar 17, 2014

An amazing story -- beautifully filmed and told. Great insight into Nature and her mysterious ways. We should respect Nature and not treat animals as humans -- and vice versa. Enjoy!

Jan 03, 2014

Visually beautiful, enormously informative. However, the ending, with its violence around Turkey Boy, was hard to assimilate, given the gentleness of the first 90% of the film. I think the film makers could have given a more nuanced explanation of what happened, as the author did in the book. Author Joe Hutto explains the confrontations between him and Turkey Boy in great detail, and I finished reading feeling much clearer in my mind and less disturbed in my heart about the end of the experiment.

A propos of male turkey/man confrontation, I saw a video on TV last night of a male turkey aggressively chasing a delivery man around and around a delivery truck. I'd guess that turkey for some reason saw the man as a sexual rival, as Turkey Boy saw Joe, and had no recourse but to go into a rage.

lasertravis Dec 13, 2012

Didn't love or even particulary care about this tale of a seemingly jobless guy who raises wild turkeys. I suppose it was informative. If you like wildlife shows, or turkeys.

May 05, 2012

Having heard about this book/experience on the CBC a few months ago, I knew I had to see the film! Imprinting is such a fascinating job. If nothing else, the film is worth watching for the scenery and animals/bugs etc. Awesome little hour.

Mar 03, 2012

Although the actual author comes across as a bit creepy, the film itself is awesome.
The photography is gripping, and the story quite fascinating.
There is nothing Hollywood about this documentary which is SO refreshing - no outlandish attempts to exaggerate reality, gloryify it or gorify it, everything is portrayed as being natural and normal and I believe this is what the author intended.
The author wants us to realize that as humans we can never fully enter the natural world, but we can have a deeper understanding and empathy, and learn a great deal about the present moment by observing nature. This film accurately depicts this.

Dec 30, 2011

A really amazing documentary. I will definitely have to read the book, since this glosses over a lot of the turkeys's development. They should have put a dictionary of turkey vocabulary as a bonus, but oh well.

Vilka Nov 23, 2011

Wow, who knew turkeys were such cool birds? This DVD will give you a new appreciation for what is otherwise considered a common-as-dirt bird.
Having come into possession of a large clutch of wild turkey eggs, the narrator hatches and raises them in an effort to learn what nobody knew yet about turkeys: how much are they born knowing, what do they need to learn, etc? Amazing to se how these 16 turkey chicks were born knowing pretty much everything about their natural world: which bugs are edible or not, which snakes are poisonous or not, and knowing a different 'word' for each thing. They learned to fly on their own and even organized bug-hunting tactics by themselves (like little velociraptors). About all they needed their 'mom' for was to show them the local geography (here's the water, here's the field, etc). What I found really cool was how the chicks, while still in the egg and weeks before hatching, still chriped back when clucked to.
Nice story of the narrator's relationship with the flock in general and two turkeys in particular (snuggly Sweet Pea and bossy Turkey Boy). Interesting and heartstring-tugging.


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Dec 30, 2011

Joe Hutton incubates some wild turkey eggs, imprints on them as their mother, and lives his life with his clutch.


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