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Gov. Robert Bentley pardons Clyde the Turkey

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By Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has given the annual reprieve to a Thanksgiving turkey named Clyde.

The turkey pardoning tradition Bentley hosted Thursday dates back to 1949 and Gov. Jim Folsom.

Bentley asked a gathering of elementary school children what he should do with Clyde, who pecked along the front lawn of the Governor's Mansion.

Some of the kids rooted for the oven. Bentley said he would pardon the turkey anyway.

The turkey is always named Clyde after grower Bill Bates bestowed the moniker on a tom turkey for being ornery like his friend named Clyde. Bates died last year.

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