Say an Extra Thanksgiving Prayer: Obama’s Pardoned Turkeys Keep Dying

(Of natural causes)

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Has getting a presidential pardon for Thanksgiving become a death wish?

US News and World Report got word that three of the most recent turkeys that Obama has pardoned — in an ongoing presidential tradition — have met their maker. (Don’t worry, they died of natural causes.)

Gobbler and Cobbler, the two turkeys who attended the 2012 ceremony, died in February and August respectively. Liberty, the 2011 bird, lived to two-years-old until she was euthanized this year for heart problems.

US News and World Report didn’t disclose the state of the turkeys pardoned between 2008-11, so hopefully the recent trend is just a passing one.

[US News and World Report]