Turkey smashes through fifth-floor window at office building in Maynard

A wild turkey went on a path of destruction as it smashed through windows at an office building in Maynard, according to Maynard Police.

Police said officers responded to the Stratus offices at Mill Street and Main Street Wednesday morning for a report of a wild turkey that had smashed through a fifth-floor window.

This morning officers responded to the Stratus offices at Mill & Main for a report of a wild turkey that smashed through...

Posted by Maynard Police Department on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

By the time officers had arrived, police said the turkey had exited the building by smashing through a second window on the other side of the building, but did not survive.

Nan Sweeney told Boston 25 News how fellow Stratus employees reacted after the turkey flew through the window, describing the whole scene as chaotic.

"It was just chaos in here, it was just crazy," Sweeney said. "There was glass everywhere, the window was broken and people were just in shock."

Sweeney saw the aftermath, but Laurie Hadley was just a few desks away when she saw something out of the corner of her eye.

“Seconds later I heard this bang, just bang, which is 4 windows down," Hadley said. "Glass shattering and everything. I screamed and said, 'What is going on?'

It was just before 8 a.m. when Hadley realized the turkey had come through the fifth-floor window.

"Then it was flying and kind of flew over us," Hadley said. "Went over our offices and knocked some things down in our offices."

Hadley estimated the bird weighed around 25 pounds, and said it ran down the hall past the copy machine, knocking over a plant as it tried to get out.

"“There were feathers everywhere, there was glass everywhere. It was just a mess," Sweeney said.

Police and maintenance workers tried to capture the frightened turkey to safely remove the bird, but it was too late.

"The bird flew up again and over all the cubicle offices," Hadley said. "Swooped down, went down the other hallway and out the other window, just broke right through.”

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Police warned to use caution when anyone is around wild turkeys, saying they can be aggressive and unpredictable.