Two turkeys are spared from the Thanksgiving dinner table in the U.S. capital, monkeys are shown gratitude with a fruit buffet in Thailand, while two panda cubs are given names in Vienna. Jillian Kitchener reports.
This week, food and 'thanks' go hand-in-hand. But manners are secondary for these monkeys in Lopburi, Thailand. Organizers say the province's annual fruit buffet shows gratitude for the monkeys who bring TOURISTS out in droves year after year. U.S. President Barack Obama let his Thanksgiving jokes fly during his annual 'Turkey Pardon'. This year, two turkeys were spared from the dinner table. Obama SOT: "Tator is here in a backup roll just in case Tot can't fulfill his duties. So he's sort of like the vice turkey." Obama says that, like the turkeys, his White House turkey pardons will continue on in private life. Obama SOT: "No way I'm cutting this habit cold turkey." What two names best represent cuddly panda cubs? That's what Zoo Atlanta wants to know. Fans can vote online for one of seven sets of names. The mystery will be over on December 12th during a naming ceremony. Just like this one, for Vienna's twin pandas Fu Ban and Fu Feng... meaning Happy Half and Lucky Phoenix. Looking for luck... or just plain generosity.. is a bell-ringing pony in Wisconsin. Sticking with the theme of "thanks," The Salvation Army is grateful for all donations.