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A 3-Foot-Long Giant Baby Bunny Died After Traveling On A United Airlines Flight

RIP Simon.

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A baby bunny named Simon, who was expected to grow to be a giant, dog-sized rabbit, died on a United Airlines flight on Monday while on his way to meet his new owner.

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The bunny was traveling from the UK home of Annette Edwards, a breeder of giant rabbits, to Chicago. A United Airlines spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Simon arrived in good health, and was transported to a holding area.

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Later, when representatives checked on Simon in his crate, they found he had died. The spokesperson said the airline offered to do a necropsy on the animal, but the customer declined.

Edwards told the Associated Press that Simon, who at 10 months of age was 3 feet long, was in good health before the trip. "Simon had his vet check just before getting on the plane," she said. "He was fit as a fiddle."

She said Simon had been bought by a celebrity but did not name the would-be owner.

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The bunny's death comes after a rough few weeks of publicity for United Airlines.

Footage of police dragging of a doctor off a United plane in Chicago caused international outrage and has led to legal action against the company.

Last month, the airline also came under criticism after barring three girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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