A Sioux Falls hospital has been trying to discharge a troublesome turkey that's been pestering patients, and even helicopters, for several months. The wild turkey has become such a familiar fixture at Avera Heart Hospital that they've even named him. This Truman Show has developed quite a following.
Doctors at Avera Heart Hospital have launched a wild goose chase in pursuit of a turkey named Truman.
"The turkey's become a little bit of an icon around Avera Heart Hospital," Dr. Jeff Anderson of Avera Heart Hospital said.
The territorial Truman wandered out of the wild and into the hospital's parking lot where he's become quite an operator.
"He's gotten a little friendly with a couple of patients when they're walking through the parking lot, so it's an issue," Anderson said.
Truman has also been known to strut too close to the hospital's heli-pad, a potential hazard to incoming helicopter flights.
"We actually had to delay one landing because of the turkey and that's the biggest reason why we need to get him out of here," Anderson said.
The hospital wants to re-locate Truman back to the country. But they have to catch him first.
"He enjoys his lifestyle here. It's become difficult for us to continue to support him here," Anderson said.
But Truman keeps avoiding capture. For now, this fugitive fowl will keep making his hospital rounds until a net can gobble him up.
"I'll have to have my coffee and eat my Wheaties and hopefully, I won't get outwitted by the turkey again," Anderson said.
Dr. Anderson wants to bring Truman to an acreage he owns outside of Sioux Falls. Truman, who goes by different names at the hospital, likes to eat bugs off the front of cars parked in the hospital lot.