Weirdest ANIMALS spotted on flights from a baby kangaroo to a miniature horse – The Sun

THE weirdest animals that have been spotted on a flight include ducks, turkeys and even horses.

Passengers can bring them on the flight if they are "emotional support" pets.

Emotional support animals are different from service animals, in that they do not help their owners with a disability.

Instead, they provide help for problems including PTSD, anxiety or depression.

While a number of airlines are banning some emotional support animals, many still allow them on.

Collated by BoredPanda, here are some of the weirdest animals to spot on a plane.


An emotional support duck called Daniel joined a passenger who suffered from PTSD.

He was brought on board to help her when she is about have a panic attack, by putting his feet on her chest so she lies down.

His owner, Carla Fitzgerald, told ABC News: "Everyone just took notice of him and fell in love."

Another service duck was allowed onto a flight, with the image shared by the TSA Instagram account.

Having fun with puns, they wrote: "The traveller assured us there was no 'fowl' play afoot and that this was simply her service duck.

"It’s good to have all your ducks in a row."


An emotional support pony was spotted on an American Airlines flight earlier this year.

The horse is called Flirty and even has its own Instagram and Twitter account.

Her owner wrote on social media: "Once we got up to cruising altitude, she took a nap and was very quiet.

"That being said, I’m going to keep travelling by car, it’s just easier on Flirty. Flying will be reserved for emergencies and such."

On a different occasion, a small horse was spotted in the footwell of a plane.

The image was tweeted by actor Alan Cumming, who wrote: "There is such thing as a service pony and I want one".


A turkey called Easter also made its way onto a flight.

His owner, Jodie Smalley, found the animal "shivering" on the side of the road when it was a chick.

She explained to People: "Easter came to me as a tiny poult at an emotionally difficult time in my life being in a mentally abusive and failing marriage."

A different turkey was spotted at airport security in San Francisco.

The emotional support animal was being taken through by a woman who lost her husband, according to the viral Facebook post.

She claimed she even sleeps with it at night.


Even a kangaroo once made it onto a flight as an emotional support animal.

Twitter user Dev posted a picture of her mum with the animal.

She wrote: "When my mom has a kangaroo on her flight as an 'emotional support animal'."

It isn't the first time – a retired airline customer service agent told Business Insider that another traveller tried to take a baby kangaroo on once.


A passenger was forced to leave a flight after they said she would not be allowed to fly with her emotional support squirrel.

Squirrels are classed as rodents which are banned from most US flights.

Passengers were forced to deplane as she refused to get off.


A passenger with anxiety brought on a Beach Hog called Hamlet.

The animal belongs to 28-year old Megan Peabody to make the flight "more comfortable".

His adventures have resulted in his own Instagram page.

A different emotional support pig had less luck – and was kicked off a flight.

The 70-pound animal was removed from the plane after it became "out of control" and disruptive.

The passenger was forced to leave the plane with it.


A woman tried to bring an emotional support hamster on her flight.

Belen Aldecosea claimed she was told it wasn't allowed on the plane.

Instead, she was told it should be "flushed down the toilet" which she did after being "scared" she wouldn't be able to board.


An emotional support rooster was caught on a flight.

Shared by Instagram account Passenger Shaming, it joked: "Emotional support rooster FOR. THE. WIN."


A woman was spotted trying to take an emotional support peacock onto a flight.
However, she was stopped from taking it on board by the airline.

Dexter the peacock was then turned away, after the passenger was warned on a number of occasions.


Richard the bonnet macaque monkey is an emotional support animal for agoraphobia.

His owner, Debby, is allowed to take him on planes to help her when she becomes panicked.

Gizmo is another monkey allowed on flights.

His owner, Jason Ellis, said the TSA agents "loved him" after spotting him poking his head out of his shirt.

While he initially caused panic after Jason was unable to locate his documents, he remained calm for the majority of the flight.

United Airlines have now banned hedgehogs and peacocks from being taken as emotional support animals.

Airlines are clamping down on passengers attempting to class a range of animal as "emotional support" pets.

Service animals are still allowed on flights.

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