NYPD Rescues 2 Baby Turkeys from Staten Island Storm Drain

Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Updated 10:17 AM EDT
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NYPD Rescues 2 Baby Turkeys from S.I. Storm Drain

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These turkeys are much bigger, obviously, than the babies that fell down the storm drain. But even these big guys are rare sights in our area.

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Two baby turkeys fell through the grates of a Staten Island storm drain and were rescued by detectives from the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit.

Someone called 911 on Sunday night to report cries coming from a storm drain, according to the Staten Island Advance.

But when Detectives John Opman and Joseph Cordova arrived at the scene they realized the wailing wasn't coming from a human. It was coming from two wild turkey fledglings.

The birds had fallen through the grates of a storm sewer outside Staten Island University Hospital's Ocean Breeze campus.

The detectives used a net to scoop up one turkey but Cordova had to go down with a flashlight to get the other one.

A hospital worker took the turkeys to an animal shelter.

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