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Iconic Frankford Turkey Killed in Hit And Run

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Bubba the turkey was considered the town mascot to many. (Source: Joan Clark) Bubba the turkey was considered the town mascot to many. (Source: Joan Clark)

FRANKFORD, Del. - Many drivers in the Frankford area have become accustomed to the sound of "gobble gobble," as they pass through the downtown area. That's because Bubba the turkey had become an iconic fixture in town, even receiving his own Facebook page, where he was listed as the town's "security guard." 

But now some in the community are raising questions, after a hit-and-run took the life of the bird last Tuesday. The owner of the turkey, Jody Clark, said she was suspicious that the collision was on purpose. 

"I heard a thump," she said. "And I looked up and Bubba was flopping around. So I went over to check him out and his neck was broken. He was hit by a car." 

Clark said that the accident happened outside of her home on Mill Street. She said the driver kept driving, and turned the corner onto Frankford Avenue without stopping.

"Everybody loved him," she said. "He's got more posts on Facebook than any bird I know. They all just really enjoyed him. He was fun."

The accident happened just one day after a neighbor raised her concern about the bird at a council meeting. That neighbor said that the bird was becoming "aggressive" toward those passing by. 

In the aftermath of the accident, law enforcement is now getting involved, investigating whether the collision was intentional. Frankford Police Chief Michael Warchol said that the Office of Animal Welfare has now joined the investigation. 

"Most of the people I've spoken with are concerned that it was an act of cruelty," he said. "And they want us to follow up with it if it was. If it wasn't, then we'll chalk it up to the animal shouldn't be in the road."

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