80 Birds of prey travel on Qatar jetliner

The Internet is getting a chuckle out of a viral photograph that shows 80 falcons on an airplane, and they're not the ones heading to the Super Bowl.

These real birds of prey recently accompanied a Saudi prince on a Qatar Airways flight over the United Arab Emirates. The large birds are seen sitting throughout the cabin along with their fellow (human) passengers. The pilot of the plane snapped the photo and shared it with a friend who posted it on Reddit

Although it seems extremely bizarre to allow these birds on board the plane, it's actually not that unusual in that part of the world, where falconry is a popular sport. Several airlines that serve the Middle East will allow a certain number of falcons to travel inside the cabin with their owners. 

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