‘All we could do was run’: the strange story of Gerald, the turkey who terrorized a city

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When the bird who dominated Oakland’s rose garden turned violent, the question of his fate caused ‘rifts that will never heal’

The turkey locked eyes with her from across the park.

Like many Oaklanders, sixteen-year-old Jojo Thompson had heard plenty of stories about Gerald, the “feisty” turkey harassing visitors in the city’s rose garden. But before visiting the seven-acre public park with a friend on a recent October afternoon, she thought the tales had been exaggerated.

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