The owner of a giant rabbit who died on a United Airlines flight last week is accusing the airline of covering up the cause of death by cremating the animal without her permission.
“I had been asking United over and over again for his body so that I can have him examined here in Britain but they never got back to me,” breeder Annette Edwards told The Sun.
— The Sun (@TheSun) May 1, 2017
According to the New York Post, the breeder was flying Simon the giant rabbit from London to Chicago to its new owner when it suddenly and mysteriously died upon arrival.
Edwards previously told CNN that the bunny died while in the cargo hold area waiting for a connecting flight. But, according to the New York Post, the rabbit was alive when taken from the cargo section of the flight from London. The airline also discounted reports that Simon died while being held in a freezer.
“The assertion that Simon died in a freezer is completely false,” the airline said in a statement, which continued:
Simon was cared for at the PetSafe kennel facility which is kept at room temperature (on average 70°F). He arrived at Chicago O’Hare airport in apparent good condition at 10:25 am (local time). He was seen by a representative of the kennel facility moving about within his crate about 11:00am. Shortly thereafter, a kennel representative noticed Simon was motionless and determined that he passed away.
Edwards told the New York Post she believes the airline cremated the bunny so its owners wouldn’t ever be able to find out what really happened.
“The whole thing stinks of a cover-up,” she said.
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