The death of a large rabbit has led to three Iowa businessmen suing United Airlines.
The businessmen purchased the rabbit, named Simon, with the intent of showing him at the Iowa State Fair. But the men claim United failed to take good care of the animal during transportation aboard a flight from London to Chicago.
On April 20, the 3-foot-long rabbit was discovered dead after being put in a kennel run by United in Chicago’s O’Hare airport while awaiting a connecting flight to Kansas City.
Reportedly, United improperly cremated Simon before a necropsy could be performed and the airline is now being accused of having a poor record in the transporting of animals.
The suit seeks unspecified damages to cover the costs for the rabbit as well as punitive damages.
It’s uncertain as to how Simon died, but the suit says exposure to ice-cold temperatures in the cargo section of the plane could have contributed to his death. In addition, dry ice may have been left in the same area as the animal.
In a statement, United spokesman Charles Hobart said, “We were saddened by Simon’s death in April. We have received this complaint and are currently reviewing it.”
Later in May, United said it reached a “satisfactory resolution” with Simon’s British breeder Annette Edwards but didn’t give further details.
The picture of the owner holding the cute, yet very large bunny can be seen below:
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