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Peas
and Carrots, the two turkeys chosen to take part in the National
Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation, relax in their room at the
Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington D.C. on
Monday.


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McNamee/Getty Images



  • Peas and Carrots, the two turkeys in the running to be
    pardoned by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, have been living
    in the height of luxury at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in
    Washington, DC.
  • The two turkeys checked into the hotel on Sunday night for
    two nights of rest before the big day. Their room was covered in
    bark dust for their comfort. 
  • Rooms at the five-star hotel start at $189 a night, according
    to their website. 

Peas and Carrots, the two turkeys chosen to take part in the
White House Turkey Pardon, have been living it up at a five-star
hotel in Washington, DC while they wait for their big TV
moment. 

On Monday, reporters took pictures of the two South
Carolina-raised birds relaxing in their room at the Willard
InterContinental Hotel, where basic rooms start at
$189 a night. 

Bark dust was spread across the floor to make the room feel like
home for the white-feathered gobblers.

Ahead of Tuesday’s pardon, the White House put out
a poll
to let the public choose which turkey would get the
official pardon. While only one of the birds will get Trump’s
official pardon, both will be spared a deadly Thanksgiving fate.


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While
only one of the turkeys will get President Trump’s official
pardon, both will be spared a deadly Thanksgiving fate and will
live out the rest of their lives at Virginia Tech
University.


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McNamee/Getty Images



After the ceremony, both birds will be sent to “Gobblers Rest,”
the home for presidential turkey pardons, which is located at
Virginia Tech University. The birds will be allowed to live out
the rest of their days at the haven, cared for by students and
faculty in the university’s Animal and Poultry Sciences
department. 

While Americans have been sending turkeys to the White House
since at least the 1870s, the turkey pardon as we know it was
started by President George H.W. Bush. 


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According to a White House press release, this year’s turkeys
were part of a presidential flock of 50 birds that were hatched
in July at a farm near Sioux Falls, South Carolina, under
supervision of the National Turkey Federation. The National
Turkey Federation has been supplying turkeys to the White House
since the Truman Administration.


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The
turkey pardon is set to take place at 1 p.m. in the White House
Rose Garden.


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McNamee/Getty Images



“The ‘Presidential Flock’ is raised much in the same way as
turkeys marketed for US customers — protected from weather
extremes and predators in a barn, free to strut about with
constant access to water and a feed mix of corn and soybeans.

“The flock is prepared for potential stardom at the White House
from an early age, with the birds becoming acclimated to the
sounds of a crowd, bright camera lights, and having to stand
comfortably on a table during the presentation. The turkeys will
also prepare for their visit by interacting with children and
families on stops around the Huron community,” the press release
states. 

The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is scheduled to
take place at 1:05 pm. Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden.

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