updated 11/14/2006 10:09:27 PM ET 2006-11-15T03:09:27

A small wild turkey wandered onto a busy New York City bridge toll plaza, halting traffic for about 15 minutes as workers chased the fowl down.

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No one knows how the 10-pound female bird ended up on the Triborough Bridge, which connects the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels officials received a call that there was a loose bird just before the start of the evening rush hour, and six officers chased it around the Manhattan toll plaza.

The frightened turkey skittered back and forth across the plaza, evading capture for 15 minutes. Bridge officers finally cornered it, and a construction worker snatched it.

MTA officials talked with state and city animal control authorities and released the turkey into a wooded area on nearby Wards Island, which has acres of open land inhabited by pheasants, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks.

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