There were some real turkeys on the New Jersey Turnpike today — two dozen of them, in fact. The live turkeys bound for Thanksgiving tables fell off a truck today, briefly snarling traffic near Newark Liberty International Airport.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority says the two crates fell as a truck was leaving the highway. The birds, which survived the fall, will presumably be returned to the trucker — if the driver notices they're missing.

The spill was only the latest bizarre animal incident on the highway in recent years. Last November, a tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen chickens struck a truck carrying sheep, killing 22 of the animals.

A month before that, a truck carrying live chickens was hit from behind by another tractor-trailer, dumping some onto the road; the others died in a fire.

There also have been incidents involving escaped cows, live crabs and horses.