Ted is one of several Minnesota birds that will be sent to Washington, DC this week. One lucky bird will be pardoned by President Obama and spend the rest of his days in a petting zoo. The others will end up donated to a local food shelf.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will make the trip to Washington with the birds. He had to “pardon” the birds so they could make the trip.
UPDATE: Ted apparently should have kept heading for the door. The names of the turkeys to be pardoned by President Obama are “Liberty” and “Peace”. So unless Ted had a name change or was entered in the FBI’s Turkey Protection Program, he will suffer the fate of most turkeys on Thanksgiving.