Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey in annual tradition
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama "pardoned" two turkeys Wednesday ahead of the annual Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans dine on millions of the fattened fowl.
"They say that life is all about second chances," Mr Obama told reporters gathered at the White House Rose Garden for the yearly ceremony. "This November I could not agree more."
The symbolic reprieve means the lucky birds - Cobbler and understudy Gobbler - won't end up on the dinner table but will instead live out their days in a custom-made enclosure on George Washington's estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia, the White House said.
Both are 19 weeks old and weigh about 18kg.