United Airlines Cremated Giant Rabbit Without Consent from Owner

United Airlines Rabbit

The owner of the giant rabbit who died in the care of United Airlines last Tuesday is claiming the airline cremated her bunny’s remains in an attempt to cover up yet another embarrassing incident.

The breeder Annette Edwards, 65, told sources that she “had been asking United over and over again for the body so that I can have him examined here in Britain but they never got back to me. All I want to know is how he died.”

Edwards, a UK rabbit breeder, was flying the 3-foot-long Continental Giant rabbit, dubbed Simon, from London to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to deliver him to his new owner in the US when he kicked the bucket.

United claims that Simon was alive when it was taken out of the cargo section of a Boeing 767.

Once again the airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, is apologizing for another embarrassing mishap. “We are deeply sorry for the loss of anything from your luggage to, of course, a loved pet,” Munoz said.

United, which has been fending off PR nightmares left and right in recent weeks, told Edwards on Friday there could be no autopsy because the animal had been incinerated.

A unidentified source reported that Chicago airport workers mistakenly leaving it in a freezer overnight.

United claimed in a statement Sunday that no such thing had ever happened! “The assertion that Simon died in a freezer is completely false,” the airline said. “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.”

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