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If You Like Your Gizzard You, Can Keep Your Gizzard

Posted on the 22 November 2013 by Hughvw
The two lucky turkeys that received an official pardon from President Barack Obama last Thanksgiving have both died, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Every year, the president invites two turkeys to Washington, D.C., for the annual Presidential Turkey Pardon. The birds then spend the rest of their days roosting at a historic farm in Virginia.
But with a posh lifestyle and tendency to become overweight, the president's pardoned turkeys don't live long. Last year's duo, Gobbler and Cobbler, are already hanging out at the hen house in the sky after only a couple years of life. Gobbler went first, dying suddenly from an illness in February. Cobbler, 2012's official pardoned turkey, was euthanized in August. (The turkeys always come to Washington in pairs, but only one is used for the ceremony itself. Still, both turkeys are spared a trip to the dinner table.)

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