A British bunny with a chance to become the world’s largest died on a United Airlines flight. Simon, a 3-foot giant continental rabbit from breeder Annette Edwards, was reportedly en route to a new celebrity owner before being found dead after a flight from London Heathrow to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Breeder Annette Edwards, of Stoulton, Worcs, said: “He was fit as a fiddle. I’ve sent rabbits round the world, nothing like this happened.”
United’s reputation is at rock bottom after film of a doctor being dragged from a jet went viral. Annette Edwards, told The Sun that Simon was expected to grow to be the world’s biggest rabbit after his father Darius grew to 4ft 4in. She told the paper: "Something very strange has happened and I want to know what. The client who bought Simon is very famous. He’s upset.”Worlds biggest bunnies
The prized pet had been stored in the cargo section of the Boeing 767, which is where United Airlines crew members found his lifeless body upon landing at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The same place the infamous David Dao incident occurred.
On April 9, Dao was forcibly removed from his seat and battered by airport police in the attempt to make room for United staff. The doctor’s attorney later claimed that the incident left him with a concussion, a broken nose and two missing front teeth.
Airline sources told The Sun that United was scrambling to find out what happened to Simon following his death – and that they now fear another potential PR disaster could be on the horizon.
Giant rabbits are known to cost more than $6,000 a month to keep, the Sun reports. United Airlines normally allows rabbits to travel in the cabin with their owners during domestic flights in the US, but not while flying internationally.