The annual U.S. political tradition of pardoning a turkey from the dinner table saved big-feathered bird Cobbler this Thanksgiving. This year, the White House used Facebook to ask users to choose the turkey they would save. Cobbler was pitted against rival turkey Gobbler and came out on top.

President Barack Obama was joined by daughters Sasha and Malia to set the fowl free Wednesday. Cobbler will live out his days at George Washington’s historic home in Virginia where he will be part of the Christmas at Mount Vernon exhibition.

Cobbler may have been saved from beheading, but we can’t say the same for one poor bird during a visit to a turkey farm by then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin back in 2008.

Meet Cobbler:

Born: July 13, 2012 at Rockingham Country, Virginia
Gender: Male
Weight: 40 pounds, 8 ounces
Height: 2 feet 2 inches
Feathers: Most often fanned out
Walk: He’s a strutter
Favourite food: Cranberries
Favourite Song: You’re So Vain by Carly Simon

Source: White House blog

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