Giant bunny death hits United Airlines

New incident digs United into fresh controversy
The death of a giant rabbit is digging United Airlines into fresh controversy. Simon, a 90cm-long bunny, was found dead in the hold on arrival at Chicago’s O’Hare airport from London Heathrow.
The continental giant rabbit was on its way to a new “celebrity” owner, according to press reports. United, already reeling from a string of controversies, said it was “saddened” by Simon’s death and is investigating.
Animals dying on planes is rare but not unheard of, the BBC reports. Airlines in the US reported 35 animal deaths in 2015, of which 14 were on United flights with a further nine injured.
But put in context, United carried 97,156 animals during that year, so there were 2.37 incidents for every 10,000 animals transported. This was, however, the highest rate on any US airline.
Simon is the son of the world’s biggest rabbit, a 1.3-metre monster named Darius. Its owner told The Sun newspaper: “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.”


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