A photographer from New York has reportedly been banned from taking Dexter, her beloved stress relieving peacock, aboard a jet.
Although Ventiko, a photographer, performance artist and Dexter’s owner, bought a separate ticket for her feathered friend to travel from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport to Los Angeles on Sunday’s United Airlines flight, as the passengers were about to board the plane, the bird was given its marching orders out of health and safety concerns.
Ventiko was told by the airline that her peacock could not be allowed on the flight as it exceeded the size and weight guidelines.
The news hasn’t gone unnoticed on Twitter, with users increasingly speculating what made the photographer actually name her pet Dexter. Others found the news hilarious enough to put a 'smiley':
She's an artist and she named her peacock "Dexter"? WTF? Everybody who has so much as taken Art Appreciation/101 knows that "Dexter" is a name for service ducks, not peacocks.— JackSledge (@JackSledge007) 30 января 2018 г.
Dexter the peacock seems to have been gathering a fan base for quite a while already:
Am also a huge fan of Dexter the peacock and have been since before the hype. Dexter the peacock lives in Brooklyn; one day we will be friends.— Kim Boekbinder (@KimBoekbinder) 31 января 2018 г.
Dexter is not only a much needed solace to its owner, but, boasting an exquisite 'crown' and richly plumaged 'train' behind, the bird has famously starred in quite a few photoshoots. The pictures are available on a specially created Instagram account: