Over 100 million animals through Frankfurt Airport

2012-10-11 09:31
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Strange animal smuggling methods

You would never believe the things people do to get illegal animals across borders.

Frankfurt Airport saw about 56.4million passengers through its gates last year, making it the ninth busiest airport in 2011, according to Airport Council International.

However, eTurboNews reports that when it comes to animal passengers, Frankfurt takes top billing. More than 100 million animals jetted in and out of Frankfurt's Animal Lounge last year including 2000 horses, 14,000 cats and dogs, 80 million ornamental fish and 300 tons of worms.

Run by Lufthansa, animals range from domestic pets to more exotic specimens destined for zoos and animal reserves, Axel Heitman, director of the Animal Lounge explained.

Heitman cited the arrival of a Polar Bear who was on his way home to Canada from an advertisement shoot in the Alps, saying the large creature was exceptionally gentle.

The 3,750-square meter facility opened its doors in 2008 and is equipped with non-slip floors and climate-controlled chambers to help make an animal's stay as comfortable as possible.

A team of 60 trained vets and qualified animal handlers are also on hand round the clock to monitor them when they arrive.

Most animals can travel in the belly of passenger planes, but Lufthansa also has a fleet of 18 freight aircraft which can accommodate all shapes and size of animal -- be it hippopotamuses en route to the Philippines from Israel or rhinos and even crocodiles.

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