A few days before the American Thanksgiving holiday, US President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys in a traditional ceremony. Thus the two birds were spared the fate of many conspecifics on this holiday. The turkeys that Biden saved from death on Monday in bright sunshine on the South Lawn of the White House are called "Chocolate" and "Chip".
On Thanksgiving, American families traditionally serve turkey. The US President has a long history of pardoning turkeys. Since the 19th century, the presidential family has received a particularly sumptuous turkey before the holiday. According to the White House, President Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) is said to have pardoned one of the animals for the first time at the request of his son. Under President George Bush Sr., pardoning turkeys became a ritual in 1989. Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US next Thursday.