updated 2/4/2011 4:03:25 PM ET 2011-02-04T21:03:25

Ethel Kennedy's claim that a turkey seen attacking a mail truck on Cape Cod last week is the same one that escaped from the family compound on Thanksgiving is for the birds.

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At least that's according to Brewster farmer Heidi Howell, who sold Robert F. Kennedy Jr. two turkeys because his mother wanted to show the children what a real turkey looked like.

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Howell tells the Cape Cod Times that the black turkey she sold to the famous political clan was much younger than the tom caught on video pestering the truck in Barnstable, about two miles from the Kennedy family's Hyannisport compound.

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Jeff Glines agrees. He lives in the neighborhood and says the truck-hating turkey started showing up early last summer, long before the Kennedy turkey escaped.

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Video: Forget the dog! Mailman faces angry bird

  1. Transcript of: Forget the dog! Mailman faces angry bird

    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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