updated 2/3/2011 2:44:41 PM ET 2011-02-03T19:44:41

Ethel Kennedy is taking responsibility for a rogue turkey caught on video attacking a mail truck near the family compound in Hyannisport.

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The matriarch of the famed political family tells the Cape Cod Times that when the family gathered in Hyannisport at Thanksgiving she wanted the children to know what a real turkey looked like. So she sent her son, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., to a farm to buy two birds.

One escaped. The children spent three days chasing it around the neighborhood, to no avail.

Then last week, a bird matching the description of the Kennedy bird was spotted about two miles away attacking the truck in Barnstable.

The 82-year-old Kennedy says: "It's our bird."

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    NATALIE MORALES, anchor: And the age-old rivalry between the neighborhood dog and the local mailman has a new contender. Take a look. In Cape Cod , Massachusetts , this angry turkey did not appreciate the postal service rolling through his territory, so the bird jogs there alongside the truck, keeping pace of up to 25 miles per hour, slammed itself against the door whenever the driver stopped. According to locals this isn't the first time the foul fowl has given the mailman trouble. Giving new meaning there to angry bird. It's now 7:10. Back over to Meredith , Willie and Maria .

    MEREDITH VIEIRA, co-host: Have you -- have you ever dealt with a wild turkey ? They are mean.

    MORALES: They're crazy. They're mean.

    MARIA LaROSA reporting: They are.

    VIEIRA: I know. We have them up where we live.

    MORALES: But not like that, though.

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