By Ben Mack /
January 17, 2020

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It's pretty rare to see a rabbit in people clothes — and even rarer to see one sitting in business class on a long flight. Yet that's exactly what happened in late 2018, when a rabbit named Coco flew with owner Takako Ogawa from San Francisco to Japan. Now, the pictures are going viral after appearing on sites like Metro.

Coco, the business class bunny, enjoys a snack of nuts and champagne on the plane.
Credit: Takako Ogawa

"I was returning to Japan, resigning from Google to start my new career," Ogawa, co-founder and CEO of analytics startup Panalyt Japan, tells Insider of taking Coco with her.

"I couldn't leave her in the States, so I took her back with me."

To bring Coco aboard, Ogawa registered her as an emotional support animal, and paid $100 to have her in the cabin in a special case. When staff informed Ogawa there would be no one sitting in the seat next to her in business class, she decided to let Coco enjoy the high life.

"I thought it was super nice of the flight attendants to let her use the unoccupied cubicle next to me, and for bringing her treats throughout the trip," says Ogawa, adding staff would come by to meet Coco.

And Coco was a model passenger, too — Ogawa says that, although she brought pet sheets in case of accidents, Coco didn't make a mess.

Coco, the business class bunny, enjoys a the seat on the plane.
Credit: Takako Ogawa
Coco, the business class bunny, enjoys a croissant and champagne on the plane.
Credit: Takako Ogawa

It's not the first time Coco has flown business class. "She traveled from Japan to San Francisco when we moved there in 2015," explained Ogawa.

"This was her second long flight."

Ogawa said the story of Coco's flight going viral surprised her. "I didn't know about it since I live so far away," she told Insider, adding it's "adorable" that it has.

Coco, the bunny, with her family.
Credit: Takako Ogawa

But will Ogawa be bringing Coco — who "has gone to the Google office occasionally," been to barbeques, and also appeared in family portraits — on board to live the high life in the sky again? She told Insider: "I think she's too old now that she's getting closer to nine years old!"