Stuff this - I'm going to make a quick getaway!

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Why did the turkey run down the road?

It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but residents have been left baffled after this bird was spotted making a dash for freedom in a residential road.

Was it a wild fowl that had lost its way? Or was it trying to avoid ending up on the Christmas dinner table?

The bird was spotted in a flap near the junction with Heritage Way.

Workman Joe Booker, of Park Road, Gosport, was working on the roof of a house in Elson Road when he spotted the turkey.

He quickly took a picture on his mobile phone and then sent it in to The News.

'I wasn't sure what it was at first,' said 37-year-old Joe.

'But then as it got closer I could see it was a turkey.

'I thought I was seeing things.

'It started holding up queues of traffic, and there were cars lining up behind it but it didn't seem bothered.

'They had to close the road to try and get it.

'It was running towards Fort Brockhurst.

'It must have been making one last dash for freedom before Christmas.'

Around 17 million turkeys are killed in the UK every year, according to a study by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs last year.

It is thought the run-up to Christmas accounts for 10 million of these slaughtered turkeys.

'I'm not sure what happened to it once it went out of sight,' added Joe.

'Someone managed to chase it off the road and into a garden. That's the last time we saw it, so maybe it escaped from there.

'I have no idea where it could have come from.

'It's not like there is a farm nearby so it must have come from somebody's house.'

Joe's work colleague, Calvin Stirling, said: 'I couldn't believe it when I saw it - I nearly fell off the scaffold!'