Traveling with animals in cargo is not my favorite idea. Now, United Airlines is in more hot water as an apparently healthy rabbit died following a intercontinental flight. The rabbit breeder said she sends bunnies around the world without incident, but her luck has run out. She noted the rabbit was health checked before the flight.
The bunny was found dead at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on April 26.
“I haven’t got a clue who’s to blame, but it’s certainly very weird when Simon was so healthy,” said Annette Edwards, a breeder who sold the bunny.
Simon is the progeny of Darius, who holds the Guinness world record for longest rabbit. He potentially could have surpassed his father’s size.
In a statement,United said it was, “Saddened to hear this news… The safety and well-being 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.”
The Department of Transportation reports on deaths of animals traveling by air every year and says the numbers are down.