The borough of Lansdowne Pa., a community of just more than 10,000 residents 6 miles west of Philadelphia, is mourning the loss of its favorite wild turkey that died Wednesday, after he was reportedly hit by a car.

Former Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young said she was saddened by the news.

“There was a certain charm about wild turkeys that travel freely around the borough, and I'm really sad someone hit him with a car,” she said.

Facebook fan page for the turkey was created last May. The top banner of the page now shows a photo of the bird along with a message that says “Rest in Peace Roscoe, Lansdowne's Favorite Turkey.” As of about 3 p.m. Thursday, the “Lansdowne Turkey” Facebook page had more than 800 “likes.”

The turkey also has its own Facebook member account page under the name “Roscoe Yekrut.” Yekrut is the word turkey spelled backward. In addition the Facebook pages, some of the borough residents used to post YouTube videos of the bird, according to Blum.


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A few months ago, Roscoe inspired bumper stickers, “I brake for turkeys” were distributed by the Animal Friends of Lansdowne. The group hoped to raise awareness about wild turkeys.

Borough resident George Blum said he used to see three wild turkeys wandering around the neighborhood in 2012. Beginning last winter, Blum only saw one. Someone in the borough eventually named the turkey Roscoe.

“He would show up in random places and be part of the neighborhood,” Blum said.

Blum said the turkey used to float between the area of Garrett Road and south of there in the borough.

“It's sad,” Blum said about Roscoe's death. “He was part of the community. It's very sad.”

“It's a sad day for Lansdowne,” said borough resident Fran Wayne, who is the secretary of Animal Friends of Lansdowne organization and one of the founding board members. “Yesterday our unwitting mascot and cause célèbre Roscoe the wild turkey was struck by a car and killed. This regal (though not too bright) bird spent much of his time walking or just standing in the street. And so our worst fear for him has come to pass. Roscoe will be sorely missed. I'd like to suggest a memorial gathering and perhaps a shot of Wild Turkey in the near future.”

Borough resident Barbara Yuknick recalled how she stopped traffic on numerous occasions for Roscoe. She said he was a large turkey so she had a hard time believing a motorist did not see him. She said there has been more wildlife species in the borough in recent years including foxes and turkeys.

“It's sad,” she said. “People have to become more aware and learn to live with the wildlife.”