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        An Imprinting Experiment

        This video segment from Nature: "My Life as a Turkey" details the steps wildlife artist and naturalist Joe Hutto took to become a parent to 16 wild turkeys. (Note: The segment features interviews and voiced narration by Joe Hutto and a recreation of Hutto's experiment by Jeff Palmer.) Joe describes his experience with imprinting, the process of becoming a mother to young animals, and his desire to have turkeys imprint on him in order for him to gain more insight into their world. The segment shows the steps Joe took to have wild turkeys imprint on him as their mother, including turning the eggs twice a day, talking to them regularly and making sure he was the first thing the poults saw and heard when they emerged from the eggs. Through this process, Joe Hutto became a parent to 16 wild turkeys.

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