In one of the more strange American traditions, US President George W Bush has pardoned his last Thanksgiving Turkey.
The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation ceremony (yes, it has an official title) takes place at the White House every year. The President is presented with a live turkey to Pardon from being eaten, and the Turkey gets an all expenses paid trip to Disneyland to head the Disney Thanksgiving Day parade then retire as President Bush put it to spend the “rest of their days in The Happiest Place on Earth.”
This years lucky birds were Pumpkin and “a backup bird” called Pecan. “In keeping with a longstanding tradition, Pumpkin and Pecan are hereby granted a full and unconditional presidential pardon” said the President.
Footage from MSNBC as follows.