Turkey Ted tried to make an escape Friday while in the governor's reception room at the State Capitol.
The turkey visited the State Capitol before a possible trip to the White House, along with a flock of 30 other presidential birds, reports the Star Tribune.
According to the Star Tribune, the turkey bolted from his cage during Minnesota's annual turkey ceremony. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar watched while Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson repenned the bird and calmed it down.
Then the turkey was placed on a table while Dayton, Klobuchar and others then petted the bird and press cameras snapped pictures.
Student from Willmar exposed Ted and the rest of his flock to light, sound and music, to help train the birds for their potential trip to the White House.
The two best behaved birds will be driven to the White House next week. The selected turkey will live out the rest of his days at Mount Vernon once pardoned by President Barack Obama.