As if United Airlines already had been involved in a deluge of bad press and alleged misbehavior, another tragic mishap followed on Tuesday, when a giant rabbit was discovered dead as he arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport – yes the same airport where a physician was bodily dragged off the plane to make room for airline personnel just weeks ago.
Simon, a 35 inch Continental Giant rabbit, had been expected to grow into the world’s largest bunny – following in his father’s hopping paw steps. Instead he was found dead in the cargo hold on a trans-Atlantic flight emanating from London Heathrow. The ten-month-old bunny had been headed to his new “celebrity” owner. According to CbsNews, the rabbit’s breeder, Annette Edwards, 65, of Stoulton, Worchester, was devastated and stated:
“He (Simon) was fit as a fiddle. I’ve sent rabbits round the world; nothing like this happened.”
In a statement issued by the airlines, who say they have been in contact with Ms. Edwards and were “saddened” by the 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.”
Edwards said the airline is reviewing CCTV images to determine what might have happened to the rabbit. No further word has been issued by United.
Rest in peace Simon.
(Photo of Simon the giant rabbit screenshot via CbsNews)
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