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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 26, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
Pardoned turkeys get first-class flight to their new home.

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Poultry in motion

Who says turkeys can't fly? First-class passengers settled in next to two animal crates containing presidentially pardoned turkeys "May" and "Flower," as they flew 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.