A South African doggo’s reunion with his family went off-track, leaving the adorable black lab cross forgotten amongst a plane’s cargo.
It was time for the four-legged family member, Jack Sparrow, to be reunited with his owners who had moved to France. In the interim, he had been cared for by his owner’s parents in Cape Town, as 947 reiterates.
A costly fee to get Jack transported (R47 000) he hopped aboard Ethiopian Airlines in a large wooden box.
The flight to Paris arrived seamlessly. However, to his owners’ dismay, there was no sign of the pooch upon arrival.
The father of the owner alerted social media to the missing dog. In a series of tweets, he added that Ethiopian airlines had not provided answers to Jack Sparrow’s whereabouts.
Glenda Pontes, Jack Sparrow’s interim mother and mother of Jack’s owner, Shane, explained to News24 that a message relayed to them initially explained two distressing possibilities. One, was that the dog may be stuck in Addis Ababa, the other that he may have been placed on another flight.
It later emerged that Jack was forgotten amongst the plane’s cargo – spending roughly 12 hours in the hold on the plane. This meant all those hours without food or water as well as being in an unfamiliar space.
“They forget to unload him,” a supervisor wrote in the official report pertaining to the incident. Reports say that the fault was with the offloading company. It was thanks to social media users that he was found at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris.
Despite the happy ending, Jack suffered dehydration and leg injuries. However, the pooch is said to be in high spirits and ready to be treated to the magic of France.