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Turkey crashes into lottery office in Braintree

Posted by dinouye  April 11, 2012 04:48 PM

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A large turkey burst through a window at the offices of the Massachusetts State Lottery in Braintree on Tuesday.

“It was crazy,” Beth Bresnahan, a lottery spokeswoman, said. “It was a 40-pound turkey that came crashing through a double-paned glass window with such force that it crashed through the window and then hit a brick wall at the back of our lobby.”

Bresnahan said the turkey, which was fatally injured, crashed through the window at the rear employee entrance around 4:45 p.m. and caused a bit of commotion near the end of the workday. The turkey “had to be going extremely fast,” Bresnahan said, to be able to glide beneath a overhang and hit the window with such force.

“Many people thought a car ... crashed into the building,” she said. “There was a meeting taking place in an auditorium near there. … Everybody was a bit alarmed.”

Braintree animal control officers responded and told Lottery employees that the turkey was likely being chased by another animal, perhaps a hawk, when it flew into the window, Bresnahan said.

The lottery building, on Columbian Street, is part of an office park with some wooded areas, Bresnahan said. She said employees have seen deer and turkeys in the past, but “they have never come inside before.”

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.

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