A 10-month old baby giant bunny rabbit died on a United Airlines flight from London to Chicago. The furry fatality is just the latest scandal to plague the beleaguered airline, which flew into a fecal tempest two weeks ago before even taking off, after summoning police to drag Dr. David Dao, a paying passenger, from one of its planes after he had boarded.
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That was just the start of its woes as disgruntled passengers started to pop out the woodwork. "United Breaks Guitars," a catchy ditty by Canadian musician Dave Carroll and his band, Sons of Maxwell, staged a comeback. And now Simon has expired in a United cargo hold last week.
Simon, multicolored, about 91 centimeters (three feet-plus) in length and son of the biggest bunny in the world, had been vetted and was in the pink of health when he boarded, claims his Continental Rabbits breeder, Annette Edwards.
Expected to become the biggest rabbit in the world in the footsteps of his father Darius, who is 134 centimeters long, Simon was being flown to a new owner, an American celebrity who is reportedly distraught, and litigious, over his death.
When the plane landed at O'Hare in Chicago, incidentally the same airport where Dao was dragged injured and bleeding from the jet, Simon was found dead in the hold, for reasons unknown. Upon discovering the rabbit, United staffers reportedly went into a complete panic.
Edwards – a former Playboy model, though not a Bunny herself – and the disappointed buyer are reportedly planning to sue United, which says it is investigating how the ostensibly healthy rabbit died in its custody.
Even before the bunny's death, Dao's ouster from the plane and other questionable decisions by the airline, United had not been popular. It was the lowest-ranking airline, Business Insider reported this week after a survey of 180,000 people who deemed United to be the worst legacy airline of all.
United stated, according to Jalopnik, that it was "saddened to hear this news. The safety and wellbeing of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team," the airline said adding that it is "reviewing this matter."