One lucky turkey named "Drumstick" will live to see another Thanksgiving Day, thanks to Mayor Julian Castro.
Between committee meetings, a City Council "B" session and other mayoral duties Wednesday, he pardoned the bird to help kick off preparations for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner.
"This is definitely the first turkey I've ever pardoned," Castro told 550 KTSA News. "We're glad to do it."
The caged turkey on a table at City Hall remained calm as Mayor Castro spared his life.
"Drumstick is officially pardoned today and will go on and live a happy and healthy and hopefully, long life in our city," said Castro.
The turkey won his reprieve at a news conference where Anne Hatfield with Walmart presented a giant cardboard check to Patricia Jimenez representing a $25,000 donation to help feed thousands of needy San Antonio area families and senior citizens on Thanksgiving Day.
The 34th Annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving dinner is expected to feed 25,000 guests this year.
KTSA and its sister stations at Border Media raised more than $124,000 during a radiothon last Friday.