Flex-Fuel Ford F-150 Presents Turkeys for Presidential Pardoning
In a White House tradition that dates back to President Harry S. Truman in 1947, two turkeys were given Thanksgiving pardons by President George W. Bush today.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the turkeys were chauffeured to the White House in the back of a black flex-fuel Ford F-150 pickup truck for the event, which is sponsored by the National Turkey Federation and the Walt Disney Company.
The F-150 then carried the two pardoned turkeys (named "May" and "Flower") to Dulles International Airport, from which they were then flown to Disney World, where the feathery pair will strut as honorary grand marshals for Disney's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The duo will then live "happily ever after" as part of the resort's permanent live-animal collection.
How long could that be? Apparently, modern turkeys are genetically bred to put on weight quickly and to live only as long as they are good for eating, usually about six months. However, it's been said that some turkeys have lived as long as three years in captivity.
In a nod to Disney's successful Super Bowl advertising campaign, Disney spokesman Duncan Wardle said "I think, if the turkey could speak, he'd say he's 'going to Disney World.' "
By Brandy Schaffels