All homeowners take a calculated risk when they leave their nests. No one is around to protect the homestead against various threats such as vandalism, break-ins and general mischief.

A Shorewood homeowner returned home on Sunday to find all three had struck at the same time.

The first sign was a broken window, and it got worse when the homeowners discovered the intruder was still in the house.

A wild turkey had made itself at home and was still prancing around on the couch when South Lake Minnetonka police officers arrived at the scene.

Authorities took incriminating photos and video footage of the turkey but made no attempt to get the wild bird to fly the coop. They wrote in a Facebook post that the turkey eventually left the house under its own power and retreated to an oak tree.


Micah Emmel-Duke is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.