For the past few days, Suncor Energy has flown about 6,000 people from camps up north to Calgary and Edmonton, Canada. But one flight was unusual. 80,000 people were suddenly ordered to evacuate Fort McMurray because of an advancing wild fire. They only got a two-minute warning, and many had to leave loved pets behind. Suncor Energy felt it made sense to break the rules and fly as many animals as possible south. Passengers on the flight included cats, dogs, rabbits and chinchillas.
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Two dogs had to be stored in the bathroom for the safety of the rabbits and chinchillas. Reunions at the airport were thrilling. Allison Wisemn saw her dog Cuddles after the pet was left behind amid the blaze. "I'm never putting her in this kind of danger again," she said.