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A player doing the Give Thanks emote.

There were two parts to the 2008 Thanksgiving event, the Hidden Turkeys and the Turkey Carnage. It was available from 26 November to 30 November 2008. Although considered an actual "holiday Event" there was no notice in the Behind the scenes message. Players experienced many bugs and rumoured it to be a 'rushed' update. An Emote and special event items were obtained, and so most found it quite enjoyable.



Hidden Turkeys

There were ten turkeys in disguises around some corners of the free-to-play world. It was played in a similar way to Penguin Hide and Seek.

To start the search mini-quest, players had to talk to the Cook's brother in Lumbridge. He would then give players a Turkey Book, which was used to record the turkeys found so far. If players spotted one (by spying on them in exactly the same way as a penguin), they would give a hint to find another turkey. Once players had found all ten, they were rewarded with a cornucopia, which can 'store' up to 14 hitpoints by means of combining healing effects of any foods. After killing a certain amount of turkeys, players were also rewarded with the "Give Thanks" emote.

Turkeys in the minimap were shown as yellow dots. However, if players needed a hint as to the location of the turkeys, they could get a book from the brother of the Lumbridge Castle Cook (who was located next to the Lumbridge Castle Cook).

A list of the turkeys' whereabouts.

Locations of the turkeys to spot (The turkeys roamed around!):

# Place Disguise
1 In the Al Kharid Mine with scorpions (Near the mouth) Cactus.
2 Near the Al Kharid castle (Can be found anywhere around the castle - sometimes in the general store, too) Cactus.
3 Lumbridge (Around the sheep pen) Bush.
4 Lumbridge Swamp (At Zanaris entrance). Toadstool.
5 Behind Draynor Manor (North side inside the enclosed area) Barrel.
6 East of the Mining Guild in Falador (Around the fountain) Bush.
7 Near the entrance of the Edgeville Dungeon (South of the bank) Crate.
8 Varrock south of the West Bank (Near the anvils) Bush.
9 Mudskipper Point (Near the Fairy ring AIQ) Rock.
10 Near the Monastery Bush.

The hidden turkeys were different to normal turkeys - their heads were covered with objects mentioned above, but their tails can be easily observed.

Turkeys in disguises
A turkey in a barrel. A turkey in a bush. A turkey in a cactus. A turkey in a crate. A turkey in a rock. A turkey in a toadstool.
Barrel Bush Cactus Crate Rock Toadstool

Examine texts

  • Barrel - "The most delicious barrel you have ever seen."
  • Bush - "It rustles deliciously." or "Who would have thought that leaves could smell so edible?" or "You feel a strange urge to pour gravy on that bush." or "Did that bush just pour sauce on itself?
  • Cactus - "Are those spines or feathers? Either way, it looks delicious." or " Prickly, but strangely tasty-looking..."
  • Crate - "A crate. But delicious."
  • Rock - "Now that's a rock I'd try to make into soup!"
  • Toadstool - "A horrible fungus, but there is something strangely tasty about it."

Turkey Carnage

If players preferred a more direct approach to get to the turkey drumsticks, they could find groups of undisguised turkeys waddling about in groups throughout the previously mentioned places, notably south of Falador. Killing the turkeys would drop raw turkey or raw turkey drumstick or (rarely) a cornucopia.

Many turkeys gathered south of Falador.

A cornucopia is still dropped by slaying certain birds.


  • The main rewards were the cornucopia and the Give Thanks emote.
  • Players could keep the turkey book, raw turkey, cooked turkey, burnt turkey, raw turkey drumstick, cooked turkey drumstick and burnt turkey drumstick.


  • This is the first Thanksgiving-related "event" in RuneScape.
  • The release date of this event follows the Thanksgiving holiday of the United States, while the holiday takes place on the second Monday in October in Canada, and is not celebrated at all in England, where the Jagex company is based at.
  • ALL turkeys INSTANTLY respawned. However, not all turkeys respawned in the exact same location of death.
  • On the release of the event, the number of scenes for the "log-in screen" were expanded to include several new areas.
  • This event ended Monday 1 December at 0000 GMT. Even though the cook's brother said the event was over the turkeys could still be found for the emote.
  • This event lasted only 5 days; this was shorter than most holiday eventsm which last about 2 weeks -- probably because it wasn't a holiday celebrated in England, where Jagex is based.
  • If you happened to be attacking Turkeys as the event ended, you wouldn't receive the drops from that Turkey. All previous drops (Raw turkey, Bones, etc.) also disappeared instantly as the event ended.
  • When you examined the turkey hiding as a rock, it says "Now that's a rock I'd try to make into soup!". This is most likely a reference to the story Stone Soup.
  • This event let free players try penguin hunting by replacing penguins with turkeys.


  • If you activated the home teleport, then as you were sitting down selected the explore emote, then rapidly clicked somewhere on the minimap and started to click the emote, then after the explore emote was finished the player would turn into a turkey and run toward that place as a running turkey. This glitch was fixed a few months after the release of the event.
  • Upon release, when a player attempted to cook more than 1 turkey at a time, it would only cook 1 and then give the error "You have run out of raw chicken to cook". This is fixed.
  • When a player did the Give Thanks emote while holding a 2-handed sword they would only hold it in one hand after the emote was over. However, this was fixed about an hour after the release.
  • If a player attacks an enemy and then does the emote, they turn into a giant turkey for the duration of the emote! If the enemy is using melee, the player, in turkey form, will twist and bend each time they are hit. This was eventually fixed.
  • If a player uses a Ring of Stone or Easter Ring but manages to click the Give Thanks emote before transformation into a Stone/Egg, they will instead turn into a Giant Turkey for a brief moment. This glitch has been fixed.
  • When one uses a tinderbox on a log and rapidly presses the emote you turn into a giant turkey. However, this was fixed a day after the event's release.
  • When the emote is being used at the end of a Pest Control, Stealing Creation, Castle WarsClan wars or Barbarian Assault game, the player will remain there after until the emote is over. This bug is also present with cape of accomplishment emotes.
  • If performing the Give Thanks emote during a Tightrope act in the circus, a player will return to their regular clothes instead of the tightrope uniform.
  • A number of turkeys would continuously spawn in immobilising locations, allowing players to rapidly kill turkeys without even having to move their pointing device.
  • If a player teleports then quickly clicks the Give Thanks emote they will turn into a giant turkey.
  • Once south of Falador there were very many turkeys gathered in a large group.
  • When in the Penguin agility arena, on the iceberg, if you perform the "Give thanks" emote while in a penguin suit, you will turn into your own character, but still be able to do all the things a penguin can do. When you attempt at the agility obstacles, your character will twist and bend. This has been fixed.
  • After the update on 27 November all the turkeys and the cooks brother vanished. They returned to the game at around 3pm eastern time that day.
  • If a player performs the Give Thanks emote, then uses the Trick emote just after returning to human form, the bats will appear without the player raising their hands and making a noise. This is also true for the Safety first emote, where the shield appears without the player assuming the correct position. If you operate the Chocatrice cape just as you return to human form, your character will stand and an egg will form around them and break without them moving. If you perform the Freeze emote, you will not assume the position or go into the ground with the ice.
  • On the 28th April 2009, 3 bugs were discovered. One was walking around in a giant turkey form, one was a deformed human, and the other one was staying as a giant turkey for however long as you like. To perform the "walking turkey" glitch, the player needed to click on the emote, then rapidly click on a skill guide in the player's Stats. When the skill guide shows up, the player would wait till they think the emote has finished, then he/she would click on the minimap and QUICKLY click on a skill guide. The skill guide would show up, and they would not be able to see themselves, but other people would see them in a giant turkey form. This glitch has been fixed a day after.
  • There is a glitch with this emote that still works until now, while fighting, put auto retaliate off, go to quests page, keep pressing on any quest you see, when it starts lagging, go to emotes, and keep pressing on it, you will see yourself as a huge chicken.

This article uses material from the "2008 Thanksgiving event" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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