turkey in Professional Building

Courtesy of the Springfield Police Department. 

A turkey flew into one of the third-floor windows of the MSU Professional Building this morning. The healthy bird was later set free.

The turkey’s impact shattered double-paned glass.

Andrew Englert, associate director of safety and transportation at MSU, said the turkey made it inside the building with no injuries, but was in shock.

Englert said MSU campus safety and Springfield police cornered the turkey and safely removed it from the building.

To reduce any trauma on the turkey, Englert said campus safety and Springfield police set it free near William H. Darr College of Agriculture.

Brad Kielhofner, engineer and director of facilities management at MSU, said the university has smaller birds impact windows throughout the year, but he’s never heard of a turkey flying through the university windows before.

 “I’m surprised we’d have a turkey in the middle of the city like that,” Kielhofner said. “You know, you see them often times out in the countryside but it’s unusual to have a turkey in the middle of the city.”

The Springfield Police Department also posted on Facebook, saying Sgt. Casey Wilkerson helped corner the turkey and release it “into the wild.”

The window is now boarded up with plywood to keep the weather out.

Kielhofner said it could take several days to get a replacement pane from the glass service contractor because the contractors have to custom fit the glass to the opening.

Afton Harper has been a copy editor and reporter for The Standard since spring 2018. She also snaps pictures in her free time.