Pardoned turkeys will live out their days at ‘Gobblers Rest’

Presidential turkeys Carrots, left, and Peas are on display at Gobblers Rest on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia Wednesday November 21 2018. Carrots was the alternate "wingman" and Peas is the National Thanksgiving Turkey that was pardoned by the president in a formal White House ceremony. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The pair of turkeys that President Donald Trump pardoned on Tuesday will be living out their days at Virginia Tech.

The Virginian-Pilot report s that the turkeys named “Peas” and “Carrots” are going to a place called “Gobblers Rest” in Blacksburg, Virginia. It’s a home created for them at the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

This is the third consecutive year that the turkeys pardoned by the president will go there.

Poultry immunologist Rami Dalloul said in a statement: “We love that the birds are coming back to Blacksburg to roost once again.”

Dalloul sequenced the turkey genome a few years ago. The university said his efforts led to whole new levels of understanding the birds, as well as genetics.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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