Cops: Neighbor Kills Family's Pet Turkey

Also, Obama cracks wise about Nate Silver while pardoning two birds

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 21, 2012 5:29 PM CST

(Newser) – A Florida man thought he found a cheap way to put a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving: He admitted to police that he snuck onto his neighbors' property with a friend and killed a bird with a bow and arrow, reports the Pensacola News Journal. The problem is that the Caponi family thought of 30-pound "Tom" as a family pet. "It was like having a normal family dog," says mom Christa. Now neighbor Jacob Provo, 18, and pal Joshua Anderson, 19, are facing a slew of serious charges: armed burglary, armed trespassing, theft of livestock, and animal cruelty.

In other turkey news:

  • Obama/Silver: President Obama pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler today at the White House, and in so doing made a joke about the polling whiz at the New York Times, reports Salon.“Once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it,” Obama said. “The guy’s amazing. He predicted these guys would win.” (One writer hopes this will be the last year for the goofy White House tradition.)

President Obama, with daughter Sasha, at today's turkey pardoning.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
File photo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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