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May 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The unexpected death of an important passenger – the son of the world’s longest rabbit – is making life hard for an airline that’s already battling more than it’s share of woes.

Simon, a Continental Giant rabbit about a metre long and a resident of England, was expected to achieve record-breaking size.

He was the offspring of the world’s longest rabbit, Darius, over 1.3 metres long, who can be seen with another of his enormous offspring in the brief (one minute 30 seconds) clip below. The breed grows huge.


While flying the Atlantic aboard United Airlines on the way to a new home in the US, Simon died. The airline is investigating.

Annette Edwards, a former model who breeds Continental Giant rabbits in Worcestershire, England, and who can be seen in the clip above, told the Washington Post that Simon was “in good physical condition” and had been certified fit to travel by a veterinarian.

Edwards said Simon was fine at London’s Heathrow Airport, but he had to board another flight in Chicago “and that’s when I believe they found him dead”.

In an email to the Washington Post, United stated: “The rabbit has passed away, but the details surrounding that are being reviewed.”

Reports say Simon was alive on landing in Chicago but died at a pet holding facility at the airport.

United has offered to compensate Edwards.

Simon’s death adds to a spate of bad publicity for US domestic airlines, including two incidents involving United. Last month, United passenger David Dao, a doctor, was violently dragged from a flight after refusing to give his seat to a United staff member – while on the same day, on a United flight from Houston to Calgary, a scorpion tumbled out of the overhead locker and stung a Canadian passenger.

The latest incident is the first one to involve a rabbit.

Written by Peter Needham

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