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Stranded Animals: Canceled Europe Flights Delay Pets

April 21, 2010 | Posted in: Delays,Europe,News,Pets

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Of course, the stranded human passengers have been uppermost in our minds in recent days – but a sea of pets and other creatures have also been affected by the airline industry’s volcanic ash crisis. 

Think of average travelers, separated by their cats and dogs; think of cargo shippers, that transport more exotic creatures; think of breeders, delivering pups.

Those animals and more sat out the crisis, just like their human counterparts.

Let’s meet a few of them (as described in the Wall St. Journal):

  • A Slovenia resident drove 9-and-a-half hours over the Alps, to pick up his Basenji dog who was stranded in Germany. He said his pup was quite thin, “like a hyena during a summer drought in the African Savannah.”
  •  The Frankfurt airport had several stranded visitors, including a turtle, a gecko and some snakes; the gecko and turtle were “not particularly demanding,” said an airport employee,  but no word on the snakes.
  • Also in Frankfurt, two horses that were supposed to go to New York City were enjoying the good life, according to a Lufthansa rep: “We transported them to the countryside so they could roam around.”
  • A Germany-based freight company was stuck with a lion it was trying to ship to a European zoo; the company’s manager said, “It’s a big disaster.” I just hope that doesn’t mean a shipment of zebras has gone missing…

One Response to “Stranded Animals: Canceled Europe Flights Delay Pets”

  1. CM says:

    Confirming my dog in cabin for next week was far more difficult for this trip with a total inability to get through to Lufthansa by phone, but I suppose it’s freak events like this that confirm I’m doing the right thing by never being separated from my pet. He’s certainly better behaved than most children.

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