Turkeys get their own luxury hotel room before pardoning ceremony

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 20, 2017

The turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump in what has become a White House tradition arrived in Washington, D.C., and have checked in to the Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Washington Examiner reported Sunday.

The National Turkey Federation will foot the bill for the birds' lodgings, as it has in the past, according to the White House.

The White House says the two turkeys featured in the ceremony were raised in Minnesota.

This is not the first time turkeys have stayed in the luxury hotel before they are pardoned by the commander in chief.

The turkey pardon tradition began during the Harry Truman administration.

"After the pardoning, the turkeys will join last year's turkeys at Virginia Tech's "Gobblers Rest" exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the university's teaching, research and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine", the White House statement said.

Once pardoned, the birds are sent to a new home to retire.

The names of the birds will be released on social media shortly before the ceremony on Tuesday.

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