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    Well this morning my friend that does baggage at Alaska's ticket counter had a surprise with one baggage. Normally when you get pets flying its a dog, rabbits cats stuff like that, well Alaska got a leopard, it was a wild leopard but the PAX has it as a pet, she’s had it for 5 years, and it gets along with her house cats and dogs. I have a video and I'll try and upload it later but here are some pics from my cell phone. This gives me another reason to buy a small camera to bring to work so I can get better pictures.



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    Its pretty cool. ALthough Id imagine it must be hard for pets to fly, with the pressure and everything, as well as the uncertainty of what's going on.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bok269
      Its pretty cool. ALthough Id imagine it must be hard for pets to fly, with the pressure and everything, as well as the uncertainty of what's going on.
      Yeah, it depends on the pet though. We had two collies who moved overseas with us and they had absolutely no issues. It was quite amazing in fact. They flew from DCA-JFK-MUC and 6 years later from MUC-AMS-NRT without even messing in their cages.

      We've also had the opposite, we had a cat that was so worried that he hyperventilated and meowed the entire flight. When we got to NRT, he was extremely dehydrated. We got him to a vet as soon as possible but he didn't make it.

      A lot of people give their pets sedatives, but I think it really depends on the pet's general disposition on whether or not that's a good idea. If you have a pet who is normally relaxed and shouldn't have too many issues, giving them a sedative might actually make them more worried as they don't know why they feel so tired. But if you have a pet that is easily excitable, giving them a sedative might be the best option.

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      • #4
        Here is the Video:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki2scjT1KxQ

        The video was taken down stairs when the cat was in the baggage cart before it left for the airplane.

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        • #5
          All sorts of strange animals get shipped on Alaska up here.
          You've got to try to find what's right before your eyes-Finger Eleven


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          • #6
            Cool. Was the owner from the midwest? People get bored up North, many of my relatives there have had pets ranging from Racoons to Skunks to Lucky the Porcupine who would pick up soda/beer cans with his hands and sip them like a human.
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            • #7
              I can see a new Samuel L. Jackson film on the horizon, "Leopards on a plane" .

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              • #8
                Here at PVD we get three main types of cargo off the planes:

                1. Animals (mostly dogs, sometimes a cat, and even a pig once)
                2. Boxes of crap...flowers, advertising flyers, magazines
                3. Dead people (also known as "HR's" for Human Remains)

                The pets are usually animals that are very young. I believe on Delta they need to be 10 weeks old before they're able to fly. It's ROUGH flying in cold weather up here in New England. If the animal looks like it needs some water, we bring it into the operations room to let it warm up for a few minutes before we bring it to be delivered. They're usually animals that are being transferred from the breeder to the owner. Most of the pets getting off the flights are cold as anything and most are usually shaking. I'm an animal lover so I really feel bad for them. So I'm usually the one talking to them haha. Then there's nothing like seeing the faces on the owners when I bring the pet inside and they get to see their pet for the first time.

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                • #9
                  Yeah dude those bins are freezing... I have only been under JB's E190s. I would never put my pet in the belly of a plane.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Crunk415balla
                    Cool. Was the owner from the midwest? People get bored up North, many of my relatives there have had pets ranging from Racoons to Skunks to Lucky the Porcupine who would pick up soda/beer cans with his hands and sip them like a human.
                    I think she lives in Mexico. I was hanging out in the Frontier BSO room and one of the agents told me he saw the same PAX coming off a mexico flight he was working in the International Terminal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Crism
                      I'm an animal lover so I really feel bad for them.
                      Kinky!


                      Sorry, had to

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                      • #12
                        Lol

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Crism
                          I'm an animal lover
                          Bow-chika-bow-wow.

                          EDIT: Damn it, Joe!

                          Oh well, great minds think alike.
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