Turkeys get a rep for being stupid. And it is true that some of their brain functions don't really favor self preservation. They do drown themselves on accident, and if you place a dark string between their blind spot they'll lock up trying to see it... Forever. But this is just the way a turkey is wired.
having been with this guy for going on 5 years I can attest that turkeys are not only clever birds, but also affectionate. Chickens will calm down after you pick them up, but turkeys will nuzzle up to you and go to sleep when you carry them. They love to follow you around and show off (for obvious turkey reasons) but they also care about you, "defending" you from other animals and threats. They recognize who you are and get excited when you come around.
And this turkey in particular loved soccer, he could kick it back at whoever sent it his way with a jump and kick of his hochs.
Turkeys are far from stupid, and deserve to be treated better than a gobbling Mass of white meat.
Wish major Tom a little luck today, he has a tumor that needs removed. Unfortunately he may end up having to be put down but we're going into this with the intentions of removing the tumor.