The Week (US)

Baby giraffes still pay full fare

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Animals are becoming the airline industry’s most reliable frequent fliers, said Lucy Craymer in The Wall Street Journal. While humans are shunning flights amid the pandemic, “livestock handlers say demand for the fastest mode of animal transporta­tion is rising.” Qatar Airways “transports 10 horses and 500 farm animals, including cows, goats, and sheep,” every day, and has increased its livestock flights by 50 percent. Animals can be tricky customers, however. A planned trip to Johannesbu­rg had to be canceled after some young giraffes grew too tall for their 10-foot-high crates. Even flying pigs can be a logistical challenge. Not only do they need “large wooden crates roomy enough for them to move around,” but the humidity from their hot breath “can damage the electrical parts of the plane” if the temperatur­e is too warm. “They’re really heavy breathers,” said a former cargo manager.

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