Apple, this year's pardoned turkey, made his new home at George Washington's home, Mount Vernon a few days ago. Why Washington's former retreat? Well, Washington did raise turkeys and the historic home still does, although Apple won't be on display since he isn't historically accurate. Perhaps the most important reason for the change of turkey residencies was that it was George Washington who made Thanksgiving a national holiday so it seems quite appropriate to give a nod to the first president.
This Christmas a camel will be joining Apple at Mount Vernon. No, he wasn't pardoned. This camel gets to join the growing zoo at Mount Vernon because Washington once wowed his Christmas guests with a camel. No wonder everyone is blowing off Disneyland for Mount Vernon, that Washington knows how to entertain!