Credit: President JFK Library/@TPMVids

Wild turkey on the lam at Disney World just before Thanksgiving; we’re thinking he didn’t get a pardon

On November 26, 1941–some 80 years ago–it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who declared once and for all that the fourth Thursday of the month of November would be Thanksgiving Day, and it’s been that way ever since.

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Twenty-two years later on November 19, 1963, just before his fateful trip to Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy took the Presidential influence on the Thanksgiving holiday to another level by conducting the first pardoning of a turkey before Thanksgiving.

President John F. Kennedy pardons a turkey on November 19, 1963/Credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/NARA

Though some have credited President Lincoln and President Truman with the first pardon, it was actually Kennedy who was first. Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Truman both received turkeys as gifts while in office during the holiday, but neither pardoned the poor birds.

Credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/NARA

A wild turkey seen trotting along the road at Walt Disney World by @TPMVids the day before Thanksgiving looks like he heard about the Presidential Pardon and was hoping to have been blessed with the honor himself. Perhaps when he discovered he wasn’t receiving a pardon, he decided to just start running. We aren’t too sure.

Why there would be a wild turkey loose on the streets at Walt Disney World, we’ll never know. But we’re thinking he was on the lam because he wasn’t pardoned. Poor guy; he looks like he’s just sure he’s going to be caught and eaten!

The day before Thanksgiving, this wild turkey was caught on video, seemingly running for his life. Or maybe he’s just walking swiftly. Like the caption says, “nothing gets you ready for Thanksgiving week like a wild turkey running down the streets of Walt Disney World.”

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It’s unclear from the video and caption where inside the Walt Disney World Resort the rogue turkey was caught carrying out his very own turkey trot, but we can tell it’s an area where vehicles are permitted to drive. As you can tell from the video, the camera is being held by someone inside a moving vehicle as it moves past the probably terrified bird.

Credit: Twitter/@TPMVids

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving was a blessed one with food, family, friends, and fun!



About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!