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United Airlines Faces Questions Over Death of Giant Rabbit

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Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the carrier found itself facing another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a three-foot-long rabbit died on a flight from Britain... (www.aviationfigures.com) Plus d'info...

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trekleader
Seth Stoll 3
I'll bet the truth is a "hare" raising story!
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
The rabbit was named Simon, not Lazarus.
pilot62
Scott Campbell 0
I also heard the tortoise just got off the sidewalk before stopping for a salad.
Bernie20910
Bernie20910 2
Tough break for United that the customer wouldn't let them perform the necropsy. Hard to cover up the beating evidence if the customer wants the rabbit back to have an independent necropsy done.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/26/united-airlines-new-pr-disaster-giant-rabbit-simon-dies-uk-flight
jordanabrown
Alan Brown 2
There is a reason that almost all dog breeders Do NOT ship their dogs by air to anywhere in the U.S.
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
"According to the most recent figures from the United States Department of Transportation, released in February, 35 animals died in transit across 17 airlines in the United States in 2015."

"United Airlines accounted for 14 of those deaths. The carrier transported nearly 100,000 animals over that period, a further nine of which were reported as injured."

According to the transportation website, over 2 million animals are transported annually. So, does that mean about 5% of the transports accounted for 40% of the fatalities?

https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/plane-talk-traveling-animals
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 4
I suspect most animal deaths simply don't show up in the statistics. Many of the animals are live fish being shipped to pet stores, and if they don't make it, nobody is going to report it. But if a family pet dies, you can be there will be an outcry.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
I wonder if something occurred to scare the rabbit to death? It would seem odd for a young healthy animal to have a stress-induced heart attack but I did see a rabbit of ours that died when confronted with a strange dog.

http://wildlifedisease.unbc.ca/exertional_myopathy.htm
http://houserabbitga.com/bunny-care/frightened-as-a-rabbit/
djames225
djames225 1
Im wondering if the cargo hold was properly temperature regulated...if not, that would make a rabbit hopping mad.36" is 1 longggg rabbit
pilot62
Scott Campbell -1
The continental giant rabbit, Simon, which was bound for O’Hare, had a veterinary checkup three hours before takeoff from Heathrow Airport near London and was “fit as a fiddle,” his breeder said. The animal was traveling to a buyer in the United States.

Who cares, could've just been shocked to death. All giant rabbits aren't the same :) maybe he had an enlarged heart & stroked out.

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