US President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys named Chocolate and Chip, sparing them from Thanksgiving dinner tables.

The tradition of the White House turkey pardon is in its 75th year and marks the start of the holiday season in United States.

With November temperatures providing a chill in the air on the South Lawn, Mr Biden said he did not want to have a long event because "nobody likes when their turkey gets cold".

Chocolate and Chip will now live out their lives in their home state, at North Carolina State University.

The US military band got the crowd in the mood by playing a version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song 'Freebird' ahead of the event.

Mr Biden made note of midterm congressional elections on 8 November in which Democrats held onto control of the US Senate and lost the House of Representatives by a handful of votes to Republicans, denying the opposition party an overwhelming "red wave".

"The votes are in. They've been counted and verified. There's no ballot stuffing. There's no 'fowl' play," he quipped.

The only "red wave", Mr Biden said, will be if his German shepherd Commander knocks over the cranberry sauce.