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What could happen if a turkey looks up when it rains?

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There is a popular myth that turkeys look up into the sky with their mouths open when it rains, which supposedly causes them to drown. This myth has been debunked by scientists.

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What could happen if a turkey looks up when it rains?
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Turkeys have a reputation for low intelligence, and they do have a habit of sometimes staring at the sky for around 30 seconds. While this behavior is amusing to many, there is a genetic reason for this odd behavior.

Turkeys have what is called monocular vision, which limits their ability to clearly focus on a single object. Instead, they see two separate views of the world out of each eye. They could be trying to get a better look at the raindrops when they look up during a shower. Another train of thought is that turkeys are genetically predisposed to odd behavior thanks to a condition known as tetanic torticollar.

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