Yahoo! is reporting the story of a 10 year old girl who was forced to leave her pet turtle behind when she boarded a flight from Atlanta to Milwaukee on Tuesday. The turtle, named for one of the characters in the hit movie, "Avatar", is only 2 inches long, and was kept in a cage, but the airline at the last minute ruled that the turtle couldn't be on board in the cabin with its owner and her sisters.
The poor girl was forced to put the turtle, cage & all, in the garbage rather than wait for another flight. Her father, whom she was visiting, would come and get the turtle, but an airline employee picked up the turtle to take home. Airline officials cited health reasons, specifically a report by the Center for Disease Control that claimed that turtles likely could carry salmonella.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. The turtle was shipped as cargo to Milwaukee on Thursday, but the airline may be hearing from PETA soon, and for once, PETA can do something constructive. We hope. I guess none of the airline employees were Braves fans.........!