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Obama pardons pair of Thanksgiving turkeys

11-25-2010 08:42 BJT

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US President Barack Obama has pardoned a pair of turkeys, keeping to a decades-old Thanksgiving tradition in the White House.

Obama issued pardons to two gobblers named Apple and Cider. The two five-month-old, 20-kilogram turkeys were raised on a California farm. They will be taken to George Washington's estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia, to live out the rest of their natural lives. Obama will share Thursday's Thanksgiving celebrations with those less fortunate at a food kitchen in Washington DC.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey, named Apple,
during a ceremony with his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia in the Rose Garden of the White
House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Nov. 24, 2010. Obama speared the
turkey on Wednesday from being served for Thanksgiving dinner. In the United States,
Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November and is part of four day long
weekend marking the most popular family reunion time in a year. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

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