Student Claims Airline Employee Told Her to Flush Emotional Support Hamster Down Toilet

People, please don’t flush your emotional support rabbits, hamsters, or peacocks down toilets. In fact, maybe rethink some life choices if you can’t get on a goddamn plane without bringing your pet.

Before Belen Aldecosea flew home from from college to South Florida, she twice called Spirit Airlines to ensure she could bring along a special guest: Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. No problem, the airline told her.

But when Aldecosea arrived at the Baltimore airport, Spirit refused to allow the tiny animal on the flight.

With her only friends hours away at campus, Aldecosea was stuck. She says an airline representative suggested flushing Pebbles down an airport toilet, a step that Spirit denies. Panicked and needing to return home promptly to deal with a medical issue, Aldecosea unsuccessfully tried renting a car and agonized for hours before doing the unthinkable.

She flushed Pebbles.


  1. Nobody forced her to kill her pet. She did that all by herself. The airline is not at fault here. Also, I had a cancer scare last year. I managed to get over it the way people normally do.

  2. Instead of agonizing for hours, couldn’t she have called a local animal shelter so somebody could collect the hamster? The tiny creature could have been kept in anything- a box, an unused trash can, etc, until somebody could get it.

  3. Life imitates art:

    Mrs Premise: Well well well. ‘Course, Mrs Essence flushed [her budgie] down the loo.

    Mrs Conclusion: Ooh! No! You shouldn't do that - no that's dangerous. Yes, they breed in the
    sewers, and eventually you get evil-smelling flocks of huge soiled budgies flying out of people's
    lavatories infringing their personal freedom.

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