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Wednesday, 28 January, 1998, 11:43 GMT
Clinton involved in fowl play
Clinton with pardoned turkey
Bird in the hand....
One turkey that will not be stuffed and gobbled this year owes a debt of thanks to President Clinton, who issued a pardon to the enormous turkey on Wednesday.

Following a presidential tradition that dates back to Harry Truman, Mr Clinton received a turkey -- - weighing more than 60 pounds -- from the National Turkey Federation at a White House ceremony. The President followed protocol and promptly spared the would-be main course .

The bird was given to the Kidwell Farm in Herndon, Virginia, which is a replica of a 1930s farm.

Mr Clinton will now spend the national holiday with his family at the presidential retreat, Camp David.

Their menu includes a turkey that wasn't quite so lucky.

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