One of locally famous Argyle turkeys has died

Argyle turkeys “George” (left) and “Andy” (right) walk along Hwy 377 in November.

One of the locally famous — or infamous — wild turkeys in Argyle has died.

“George” and “Annie” were well-known loiterers near Hwy 377 and Frenchtown Road in south Argyle. They could often be seen hanging around Argyle Auto Care on Frenchtown, and they were prone to wander along and onto Hwy 377, oftentimes during rush hour.

Argyle Police Chief Tom Tackett, whose department received lots of calls about George and Annie causing traffic delays, confirmed this week that Annie was taken to the vet.

It turns out “Annie” is actually “Andy.” It was assumed the turkey was a female because it didn’t have the wattles hanging on its neck like George did, but Andy’s wattles had ripped or fallen off.

Unfortunately, Andy suffered kidney failure, believed to be from drinking antifreeze, and had to be put down.

George can still be seen at his usual hangout spots without his buddy.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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