According to AP, a Delta baggage worker got the scare of her life when she opened a jetliner’s cargo door and found a cheetah roaming loose among the luggage.
Two cheetahs were being flown in the cargo area of a Boeing 757 passenger flight from Portland, Ore., to Atlanta when one escaped from its cage.
Atlanta Zoo experts were summoned and rushed to a closed airport hangar to quickly tranquilize the escaped animals.
“Both 1-year-old female cheetahs were on their way from the Wildlife Safari Park in Winston, Ore., to the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee, Memphis Zoo spokesman Drew Smith said in an e-mail. He said the two cheetahs will stay a few days at the zoo in Atlanta until the Memphis Zoo gets a team together to fetch them.
The cheetahs are on loan to the Memphis Zoo, but Smith said he wasn’t sure how long they would stay there.”