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Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House

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George W. Bush

Several notable events concerning the "pardoning" of turkeys occurred while George W. Bush was president. It was during his administration that the first hen, or female turkey, was given a reprieve in 2002. The hen was named "Katie." In 2005 and 2006, the tradition of sending the turkeys to Frying Pan Park also changed; those years the turkey was flown to Disneyland where the bird was named Grand Marshall of the Thanksgiving Day Parade before taking up residence at the resort's permanent live-animal collection. In 2007, the turkey went to Disney World.

Turkey Fact: Female turkeys are called hens, males are called toms, and babies are called poults.

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