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They may have avoided the Thanksgiving dinner table, but it turns out the turkeys pardoned by President Obama haven’t been so lucky after all.Last year, the president ceremoniously spared Cobbler and his alternate Gobbler, two 40-pound birds from Rockingham Country, Va., sending them off to live a charmed life on a sprawling historic estate.“From here these two lucky birds will be swept up in a whirlwind of fame and fortune that will ultimately lead them to Mount Vernon, where they will spend their twilight years in the storied home of George Washington,” Obama said at last year’s ceremony.But their freedom was short lived.Cobbler, who, according to the White House, loved cranberries and the musical stylings of Carly Simon, was reportedly euthanized in August. And Gobbler, described as “a patient but proud bird,” passed suddenly in February.In fact, all eight of the birds pardoned by Obama have reportedly moved on to greener pastures.
Why did that make me giggle? It shouldn't have.Turkeys are not meant to reach 40lbs. No surprise they don't live too long as a natural lifespan.