United says giant rabbit didn't die in freezer


The mystery surrounding the death of Simon the giant rabbit on a United flight continues. Simon's main owners are some of Iowa's most prominent businessmen:

  • Retired Wells Fargo executive Mark Oman
  • People's Co. president Steve Breure
  • Benning Financial partner Duke Reichardt

They bought Simon to compete in the Iowa State Fair's big rabbit competition.

Simon was 3-feet-long and still growing, and was the son of Darius, the world's largest rabbit.

Des Moines trial attorney Guy Cook announced at a press conference yesterday that the owners are demanding an investigation into Simon's death.

Cook says that Simon may have been locked in a freezer by mistake for up to 16 hours before arriving on a flight to Chicago from London.

United denied the claim that the rabbit was accidentally frozen.

United spokesman Charles Hobart in an email:

"The assertion that Simon died in a freezer is false. He was cared for by the United PetSafe kennel facility. 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 a.m. Shortly thereafter, a kennel representative noticed Simon was motionless and that he had passed away.".

Simon's owners want United to pay for his purchase, shipping costs, and "economic loss." They also are threatening a lawsuit if United doesn't respond within seven days.

Read more at SF Gate.


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