President Biden wasn’t the only one to pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving.
A Kansas sheriff pardoned “Tom” Wednesday “from any criminal damage charges” after two officers removed it from a home it broke into earlier this month, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Tom the turkey accidentally flew through a window and was unable to fly back out, police said.
The homeowner called the sheriffs for help, and the officers captured the ordeal in a hilarious video they later shared “in the spirit of Thanksgiving,” though warned that the names of turkeys involved have been changed “to protect the innocent.”
The turkey can be seen lurking in the corner of the bedroom as Master Deputy Dunkle and Deputy Bonner enter the home. Dunkle admits it’s his first time dealing with turkeys, while Bonner says he’s unsettled by the way Tom is staring.
“Oh, he ain’t gonna hurt you too bad,” Dunkle tells him before sending him to capture the bird.
Bonner first tried to capture Tom by throwing a blanket over the bird, but Tom rushes away. Bonner lifts Tom, but is unable to get a strong hold on the bird and a flurry of feathers bursts across the room as Tom panics, escapes Bonner’s grip and tries to fly through a closed window.
“You got enough feathers in here for a feather duster, ma’am, I’m telling you,” Dunkle tells the homeowner.
Ultimately, Dunkle is able to soothe the bird by talking calmly to it before quickly wrapping the blanket around Tom and bear-hugging him.
“I must have taken all the fight out of him,” Bonner jokes as Dunkle carries Tom, no longer jerking around, down the stairs.
“You did. You wore him out,” Dunkle responds.
He carries Tom outside and releases him near a line of trees, where Tom can be seen dropping one last feather on the lawn.
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