updated 12/10/2007 8:12:22 PM ET 2007-12-11T01:12:22

The noise that Chuck Ritter heard while sitting in his living room was a turkey that crashed through a third-story bedroom window. Ritter, 83, was relaxing Saturday when the uninvited guest arrived.

Ritter called Joe Battaglia, the on-call maintenance worker at his Traverse City apartment, and they tried to corral the 25-pound bird as it flapped around on the carpet amid blood and shards of glass.

After about 30 minutes of trying to ease the turkey toward the window with a broomstick and a fishing pole, Ritter cornered the bird, grabbed it by the neck and threw it out the window.

Ritter said after the ordeal that the turkey would make a nice dinner, and he was looking for a needy family to give it to.

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