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Three Iowa businessmen are suing United Airlines over the death of a giant rabbit.

The businessmen, who had purchased Simon, a continental rabbit, with the intent of showing him at the Iowa State Fair, claim United was negligent in the animal’s care and transportation aboard a flight from London to Chicago.

Simon was found dead April 20 after being placed in a kennel run by United in Chicago’s O’Hare airport while awaiting a connecting flight to Kansas City.

The suit also says United improperly cremated the 3-foot-long rabbit before a necropsy could be performed and accuses the airline of having a poor record of transporting animals.

The suit seeks unspecified damages to cover the costs of the rabbit as well as punitive damages.

It doesn’t specify how Simon died but says his death could have been due to exposure to freezing temperatures in the cargo section of the plane or that dry ice could have been left in the same area as the animal.

In a statement to CBS News, United spokesman Charles Hobart said, “We were saddened by Simon’s death in April. We have received this complaint and are cur

In May, United said it reached a “satisfactory resolution” with Simon’s British breeder Annette Edwards but didn’t divulge details.

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