United Airlines, which was recently in the news for the controversial forced removal of passenger Dr. David Dao, is in the hot seat once again after a giant rabbit died while in the company’s care. According to CNBC News, a 10-month-old Continental Giant breed rabbit named “Simon” was being flown from Heathrow Airport to Chicago, Illinois, but he died before the journey was completed.
Simon, who was owned by breeder and former model, Annette Edwards, was en route to his new home in the United States – he had been purchased by an un-named “celebrity” who paid a hefty price for the bunny who was on track to become the world’s largest rabbit.
According to the Daily Mail, United informed Edwards that Simon survived the flight, but died while being held in a storage room at O’Hare International Airport. Edwards had taken the rabbit for a complete health exam shortly before the journey – she has stated that he was in “perfect” condition.
United Airlines has commented on the rabbit’s untimely demise:
We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team.
‘We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.’
(Screenshot via CNBC)