Riviera Oaks employee shares sad news about Archer

By Maureen Robertson

Wednesday, July 17—Ramona resident Greg Kitchen opened his Ramona Sentinel today and decided he’d better call with the bad news.

Teri Zaffarano, manager of Country Estates equestrian centers, captured this photograph of Archer heading out of the kennel last Thursday evening.

Archer, the wild turkey who became a neighborhood celebrity after someone shot an arrow through his chest in April, is dead.

“I saw him yesterday morning,” said Kitchen, who works with the maintenance department at Riviera Oaks Resort and Racquet Club in San Diego Country Estates. “He was hunkered down and didn’t look too good.”

Two employees found Archer’s carcass on Riviera Oaks property just below the racquet club this morning, Kitchen said.

“He probably died in the night,” commented Kitchen, who noted that Archer hadn’t been very active since his release last Thursday evening in the Tennis Condos complex adjacent to the racquet club.

Dr. Carrie Bone, veterinarian at Acacia Animal Health Center in Escondido, removed the arrow from Archer after two California Fish and Wildlife biologists captured him in late June. After recuperating in a foster home in Ramona, Archer was strong enough to go home, Doug Lake, Emergency Animal Rescue executive director, said before his release off Pappas Road and Davis Cup Lane.

After his release, Archer remained an outcast of the older turkeys living in the area and he was following the younger birds, said Kitchen, who assumes an infection “took him down.”

Archer and his return to his Country Estates home are the subject of an article on page 3 of this week’s Sentinel.

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7 Comments for “Riviera Oaks employee shares sad news about Archer”

  1. guest

    Oh, noooo. I guess it was just his time to go. Poor guy. At least they tried.

  2. my neighborhood

    ridiculous. they should have let him be. he was living life just fine before they yanked that bow out.

  3. Sherry Consty-Vacay

    Oh Archer, my dear Archer. I feel the pain of your arrow in my heart. :(

  4. Silvio Patrona

    We all loved and will miss archer :( … But really, can we finally stop talking about it so we can all move on past our greiveng stage and accept that he has left this earth for good. He is with god now.

  5. Sandy

    Yes. Left him alone or kept him until he FULLY recuperated. He was on our porch roosting on Davis Cup. He looked awful. Fish & Game should have done a better job after the arrow removal.

  6. guest

    Well, SOMEBODY should have not shot him, in the first place!

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