Eat N’ Park Restaurant

November 25, 2011 by staff 

Eat N’ Park Restaurant, It’s almost like the turkey was sacrificing itself.

Giving up, maybe, to save others. You know, birds of a feather ??? .

Except that Eat’n Park was closed.

And no Thanksgiving meals were being served there.

Still, that didn’t stop a 15-pound wild turkey Thursday afternoon from flying through a 60-inch, double-pane window at the Eat’n Park restaurant on Frankstown Road in Penn Hills.

Police got a call at 3:06 p.m. for a report of criminal mischief. A passing motorist saw that the window of the restaurant had been broken out.

When Officer Bernard Sestili Jr. arrived and saw the window, he expected to find a brick or large rock inside.

“Lo and behold, there was a wild turkey laying amongst the broken glass,” he said.

It was dead.

“It’s not uncommon for them to fly into buildings or cars,” Officer Sestili said.

Turkeys don’t fly well, he continued.

“You figure, you’ve got something that big flying at 20 to 30 feet per second. It’s like a big bowling ball coming at you.”

Officer Sestili said Penn Hills has a pretty large wild turkey population and that, aside from foxes, there are few natural predators in the area.

When the police called the Eat’n Park manager, Officer Sestili said, she thought someone was playing a joke on her.

“The only thing that’s comical about this is it happened on Thanksgiving,” Officer Sestili said.

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