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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 15, 2018, 5:02 p.m.
Mickey Mouse greets pardoned turkeys in 2007.

Photo: Diana Zalucky/AP

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Howdy, pilgrim

Pilgrim Mickey Mouse unveils "May" and "Flower" at Ten Star Ranch in Dubois, Indiana, where the two turkeys were raised before being pardoned by President Bush in 2007. As with most turkeys that get to meet the president, these two turkeys were given extra interaction with people before their White House appearance to make sure they kept their composure.

Since 2005, Mickey has also played host to presidential turkeys in Disneyland, where the pardoned birds have lived out their days. But in 2010, the turkeys instead rode in a horse-drawn carriage to Mount Vernon.