[Ed. – This is hilarious. We knew, because we follow Hokie sports, that Virginia Tech takes in the turkeys pardoned by POTUS each year and maintains them in their twilight months at the Tech-managed turkey home. What we hadn’t heard is that turkeys pardoned by Trump are living twice to nearly four times as long as their normal lifespan would predict.]
Their mascot is a turkey, so it’s no surprise that the “presidential flock” of pardoned Thanksgiving birds do well at Virginia Tech.
But even the overseer of the birds agrees that it’s “crazy” that the last two flocks pardoned by President Trump are still gobbling.
Bred to live six months, the pardoned birds in the past have lived just a year or less.
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But Trump’s 2018 and 2019 birds are doing well, said David Linker, Virginia Tech’s agricultural program coordinator who manages the school’s farm and turkey pens dubbed “Gobblers Rest.”