Last updated: 05:22 PM ET, Mon March 09 2015

Crew Adopts Puppies Born on Icelandair Flight

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | March 09, 2015

Crew Adopts Puppies Born on Icelandair Flight

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A crew in Seattle loading pets onto an Icelandair plane destined for Stockholm, Sweden, discovered that one of the dogs had given birth before the flight was scheduled to take off.

According to Icelandair’s official Facebook account, a traveler affectionately dubbed “Grandpa” Torsten was traveling home with his sled dog, Pepper, when the workers loading the animals onto the plane noticed that the dog had given birth:

In a follow-up post from Icelandair, the company reveals that a veterinarian was called and informed all parties involved that puppies were not allowed to fly until they were at least two months old:

With Torsten’s need to return to Sweden, the puppies spent a short time with their mother before the owner was forced to leave the United States. Instead of letting the newborn animals be placed in a shelter, four lucky airline workers stepped up and adopted the puppies.

The puppies were named Hekla, Askja, Keilir and Katla after four of the most important Icelandic volcanoes in the country. The airline has reassured everyone on Facebook that the puppies are being taken care of properly and that they will be given the proper medical checkups and attention each needs to grow up a healthy dog.

While there are questions about why the owner would attempt to fly on such a long flight when his dog was so close to giving birth, the story has a happy ending thanks to the quick thinking and kindness of the staff at Icelandair.

Taking puppies away from their mother only hours after birth is not recommended, but with the unique circumstances of the situation and the consultation of a proper animal doctor, the decision was made to keep the puppies in the United States while the mother returned to Sweden.

A birth during the ride back to Stockholm could have been disasterous for the puppies and the mother if it had happened just a few hours later, but thankfully for all parties involved, everyone goes home happy and healthy.

Hopefully, “Grandpa” Torsten returns to Seattle with Pepper soon to visit her offspring.

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