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7 Unusual therapy pets that will totally surprise you

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We all know about therapy dogs, but therapy turkeys? That's a new one

Seeing traveling passengers stroll through the airport with their therapy dog is nothing new. But what if you stepped onto an airplane and saw a turkey in the passenger cabin? A real, live turkey. Yes, this actually happened.

Reddit user biggestlittlepickle posted an image of the unusual event with the caption, "My neighbor is a flight attendant. He just posted this photo of someone's 'therapy pet,' on his flight."

We all know about therapy dogs, but therapy turkeys? That's a new one
Image: biggestlittlepickle/Reddit

If you're as confused as we were by that picture, let us explain. It turns out it's actually pretty easy to register an animal as an emotional support animal. According to the National Service Animal Registry, you can register almost any animal with a doctor's note stating you have a disability. After that, you pay a fee, and your certificate is promptly mailed to you.

Here are some more unusual therapy pets we thought you'd like to see:

Rojo the therapy llama

Rojo roams the streets of Portland, Oregon, bringing joy and happiness to everyone he meets.

Gentle Carousel miniature horses

A dog-size horse that can travel with you? Yes, please.

More: 5 Facts about service animals you need to get straight

Buttercup the pig

I love working with kids!

Posted by Buttercup on Monday, November 26, 2012

Buttercup accompanies Lois Jean Brady, a certified autism specialist, on several of her therapy sessions.

More: The health benefits of pet therapy: Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activities (AAA)


Fleece blankets make a chilly day warm and cozy – don’t you agree?

Posted by Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Helping Hands Monkey Helpers trains adorable little monkeys to help adults with mobility impairments perform daily tasks in their home.

Toast the ferret

We all know about therapy dogs, but therapy turkeys? That's a new oneImage: Fuzzy Friends Rescue and Shelter

Toast was rescued by Fuzzy Friends Rescue and now travels to various facilities, providing therapeutic aid to lots of lucky people.

Kiwi the fennec fox

Kiwi lives at Lyon Ranch in Sonoma, California, and is beyond adorable.

More: How I turned my puppy into an award-winning therapy dog

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