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Wearing the Coop

Side Trips: Travel Tips, Trends and Tools

October 12, 2003|Renee Vogel

Flying south for the winter with a feathered friend may never be the same. Travel cages can be unwieldy, and not every Baby Huey takes well to a bird harness. Now, however, there's the PetPocket Bird Carrier, which lets fowl tourists take in the sights from a see-through mesh fabric container worn on their human traveling companion's chest.

The carrier has a zippered bottom with a removable tray, a beveled wooden perch and a place to hang toys.

High fliers might keep a few rules in mind. Most airlines require a reservation and health certificate from a veterinarian issued within 10 days of the flight. The Wild Bird Conservation Act requires most species of birds to have a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before leaving the country. And like all animals, birds are subject to the quarantine rules of the country they are visiting.

PetPocket Bird Carrier, $30 to $35, available only in black from Global Pet Products; (877) 768-2059, www.globalpetproducts.com.

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