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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Catie Leary on Nov. 16, 2009, 5:46 a.m.
Pardoned turkeys get first-class flight to new home

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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Poultry in motion

Who says turkeys can't fly? First-class passengers settle in next to two animal crates containing presidentially pardoned turkeys "May" and "Flower," as they fly from Washington, D.C., to Orlando on Nov. 20, 2007. Following their ceremony in the nation's capital — the 60th since President Truman first accepted a holiday bird in 1947 — they were flown to Disney World for its Thanksgiving Day Parade, before ultimately retiring to Disney's Big Thunder Ranch in California.