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Airline: Delta
Incident Date: Jun 08, 2014
Report Date: August 2014
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Guinea Pig
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 2152
Originating Airport: CLT (Charlotte/Douglas Intl)
Destination Airport: PDX (Portland Intl)
Reporting Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)


                      Delta Cargo 

     Live Animal Incident Report (Redacted)

Cargo Incident Report

Type: Death

Date of Incident: June 8, 2014

Location: Atlanta, GA

                       Charlotte, NC (CLT) - Atlanta, GA (ATL) - 
                       Portland, OR (PDX)

Routing : Flight - 2152

AWB: 006-02618280

                       Black and White Male Guinea Pig, named "Oriole

Description of Animal:

                       On June 8, Delta Cargo accepted Oriole, a male 
                       guinea pig for transport from Charlotte, North 
                       Carolina to Portland, Oregon. All documents 
                       were reviewed and processed.

                       DL2152 departed Charlotte approximately 36 
                       minutes behind its scheduled time of 1402. On 
                       acceptance of the guinea pig, agents at CLT 
                       stated the animal appeared well. The 
                       temperature at the time of departure from CLT 
                       ranged between 73°F and 75°F with overcast 


                       Flight 2152 arrived in ATL at 1526 and the
                       temperature   was  approximately  82°F   with
                       mostly cloudy skies. On arrival, the ramp 

Description of Incident: handling crew unloaded the animal and placed him inside an air conditioned transport van at approximately 1540. Oriole was then delivered to our animal holding room until it was time for his next assigned flight. At approximately 1658, the van driver retrieved Oriole from the animal holding room and after making multiple stops to drop off other animals inside the van, they delivered Oriole to gate B36. He was scheduled to travel on DL887 which had a departure time of 1755. The van driver reported no signs of distress.

                       As the ramp agents were preparing to     load
                       Oriole on the DL887 they noticed he was not 
                       moving.     They   immediately  contacted  asupervisor who arrived at B36 to confirm that

the animal appeared deceased. We contacted our local veterinary hospital, Briarcliff Animal Clinic for assistance. The owner was also contacted and we awaited his instructions and authorization to perform a necropsy. Doctors at the University of Georgia, Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory suggest the Cause of Incident animal died of pneumonia. The report states “inflammation noted in the lung tissue played a contributory role in the death.” Corrective Action Taken: None Warranted

PetFlight Report:
August 2014 Airline Pet Travel Report
Original Report

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