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United Airlines in new PR disaster after rabbit set to be world's biggest mysteriously DIES on flight to US

Mirror logo Mirror 26/04/2017 Natalie Evans

Credits: Daily Mirror © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Daily Mirror United Airlines faced a fresh PR disaster last night after it emerged that a rabbit destined to be the world's biggest mysteriously died on a flight to the US. 

Giant bunny Simon, who measured three-foot long, was placed in the cargo hold of a United Boeing 767 at Heathrow on his way to a new celebrity owner in America.

But when the jet landed at Chicago's O'Hare airport, the valuable rabbit was found dead, according to The Sun.

British breeder Annette Edwards said Simon, who was destined to overtake his father as the world's biggest rabbit, was healthy when he was placed on the United flight.

She told the newspaper: "Simon had a vet’s check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle.

"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."

Annette, 65, from Stoulton, Worcestershire, added that Simon's new celebrity owner had been left "upset" by the animal's sudden death.

Credits: Mirrorpix © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Mirrorpix Simon, a 10-month-old continental giant rabbit, was expected to outgrow his 4ft 4in father Darius, the world's biggest bunny.

The giant rabbits cost £5,000 a year to keep and Annette hires hers out for £500 a time.

The scandal is the latest to hit United, which is fighting to restore its reputation after footage emerged showing a doctor being violently dragged from an overbooked flight.

Dr David Dao was left bloodied after he was forcibly removed from the plane, bound for Lousville, Kentucky, while it was waiting to depart O'Hare two weeks ago.

The 69-year-old medic refused when asked to give up his seat, telling security officers and cabin crew that he has patients to see the following day.

New surveillance footage and audio recording of the incident involving Dr Dao emerged yesterday.

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It was also revealed that the security officer who forcibly removed him from the jet had been suspended just weeks before the incident.

Lawyers said Dao, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is still recovering from physical and emotional injuries, and has been unable to return to work.

Following Simon's untimely death, a United Airlines spokeswoman said: "We were 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.

"We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter."

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