Simon was the latest victim of the brutal airline carrier, United Airlines. He died while in their care.
This situation is a little more unusual than most, as Simon was a rabbit.
Not just any rabbit though, he was destined to make the record for being the world’s largest bunny. He was already measured at three feet.
Annette Edwards, his breeder, said that Simon was in perfect health when he was handed over to the cargo hold portion of the airplane.
In fact, he had a visit at the veterinarian only hours before he was on the airplane, so he did not die of natural causes. He is extremely valuable because of his size.
Edwards is shocked. She has sent her rabbits on planes before and none of them ever had trouble surviving the process. She is looking for answers. This situation is sizing up to be yet another PR nightmare for United.
“Something very strange has happened and I want to know what. I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before.” Annette, of Stoulton, Worcs, added: “The client who bought Simon is very famous. He’s upset.”
United Airlines is still reeling from the global outrage after security guards were filmed violently dragging Dr Dao, 69, off an overbooked flight at O’Hare two weeks ago. He refused to give up his seat and suffered a broken nose, concussion and lost two teeth when removed.
An airport source said news of Simon’s demise sparked a panic among UA staff, adding: “After the viral video no-one wanted responsibility for killing what was to be the world’s biggest rabbit.” The airline now faces a legal claim from the Simon’s new owner and former Playboy model Annette, who once had plastic surgery to look like cartoon character Jessica Rabbit. Simon, a continental giant rabbit, was 10 months old. He was on track to out-grow 4ft 4in dad Darius, the world’s biggest rabbit.