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Pardoned Turkeys

Only Available in Archive Formats.
Pardoned Turkeys

Pardoned Turkeys

Pardoned Turkeys

Only Available in Archive Formats.

For the past 52 years on Thanksgiving, the President has spared the life of a ceremonial turkey through an official pardon. But where do all those turkeys go? To Frying Pan Park in Virginia, it turns out, where for the last eight years, the Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys live out their days as part of petting zoo on a working 1930s farm. Jacki talks to park historian Yvonne Johnson about what a turkey who flew the coop can expect.