I have never been more frightened in my life than the time I went to see my heart doctor.

On Tuesday, I had an appointment at Southcoast Health Cardiology in Dartmouth where I was finally cleared by my cardiologist after suffering a mild heart incident back in 2020. It was the news I'd been waiting to hear for quite some time and couldn't wait to tell the world.

However, my dopamine high was short-lived as my heart nearly stopped walking out of the doctor's office.

Oh, the irony.

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I found myself face to face with what appeared to be a rabid animal that froze me in my tracks. Honest to God, this thing look real. Once I realized it was fake, I couldn't help but laugh. For some odd reason, someone put a lifelike ferocious wolf decoy by the entrance of the building in the strangest, most random spot.

This wasn't my first time visiting this office, but since I normally park in a different section of the lot, I never noticed before.

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Call me naive, but this freaky thing means business.

We received a message on the Fun 107 app from a listener who has also seen this decoy before among many others in the area.

"My daughter's pediatrician is over there, and one of the nurses explained why they have it," Christine Lessa of New Bedford said. "Those coyotes are a decoy because that area has a lot of issues with turkeys, so it kind of scares them away. It also scares Gazelles."

She jokes, but I chuckled at that last part.

It does make sense since turkeys can be vicious and territorial. There are a lot of elderly and older patients who visit that building, so anything helps. I just wish it wasn't so ferocious-looking, but then again, if it scared me, imagine what it does to turkeys.

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