Turkish President headbutted by partridge at mosque opening
LONDON – Whenever animals are used in shows, speeches, or – as in this case – to mark the inauguration of a mosque, there’s the potential for something to go badly wrong.
This is something Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discovered Friday, when he attempted to release a group of birds to mark the opening of a new mosque in Rize – and ended up having a head-on collision with a partridge.
Things got off to a shaky start when the birds proved reluctant to take part in the ceremony.
The President tried to use an umbrella for encouragement, but didn’t have much luck.