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Biden pardons Thanksgiving turkeys



Two Thanksgiving turkeys have played their part in an annual holiday tradition at the White House and have received pardons from the president, sparing them from becoming someone’s dinner.

The 20-week-old, birds are named Liberty and Bell.

The event marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Washington.

After Mr Biden pardons his third pair of turkeys, Liberty and Bell will be returned to their home state to be cared for by the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences.


President Joe Biden stands next to Liberty, one of the two national Thanksgiving turkeys, after pardoning them during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)