We totally had no idea that “emotional support” peacocks were a thing. But apparently they are. A word of advice though, the unconventional pet is not welcome to shake its tail feather in the sky with you.

One US woman found this out the hard way when her emotional support peacock, Dexter was denied boarding on a United Airlines Flight from Newark Liberty International Airport.

The bird’s owner, who claimed she had purchased a ticket for the peacock, was heartbroken.

The majestic animal told of its six hour ordeal attempting to board a flight to LA via its instagram account. Yep, Dexter the peacock has an Instagram account and you can check it out here: www.instagram.com/dexterthepeacock. You’re welcome.

“Tomorrow my human friends are going to drive me cross country,”

Dexter the peacock.

United Airlines has responded to the incident, explaining in an statement that: the animal “did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size,” United Airlines said in a statement.”

When you love somebody. #dexterthepeacock #birdsofafeather

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We’re still left trying to picture the peacock trying to manoeuvre itself into a plane seat!

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What is the quirkiest emotional support animal you have come across?