NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An unusual service animal was turned away at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Dexter the peacock is an emotional support animal for New York City-based photographer and performance artist Ventiko.

Dexter had a ticket for a United Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles on Sunday.

But United wouldn’t let the bird on board, citing several reasons including his size and weight.

A spokesperson says this was explained to the owner three times before they got to the airport.

According to Instagram, Dexter and his “human friends” are instead driving cross-country to L.A.