Big bunny Simon dies on United Airlines flight


United Airlines is in hot water again, after a hopeful World Record holder — Simon the giant rabbit — died on a flight from Heathrow to O’Hare. The three-foot continental rabbit, son of the longest rabbit in the world 4ft 4in dad Darius, was on track to grow to be the world’s biggest rabbit. Ten-month old Simon died in the cargo section of the Boeing 767 on his way to a new celebrity owner in the United States.

We were curious about other rabbit world records and found some unusual stats from the Guinness World Records:

Oldest Rabbit:  Flopsy, who was caught on the August 6, 1964, and died 18 years and 10.75 months later at the home of L.B. Walker of Longford, Tasmania, Australia.

Longest Ears: The longest rabbit ears measured 79 cm (31.125 in)  and belonged to an English Lop called Nipper’s Geronimo who was owned by Waymon and Margaret Nipper of Bakersfield, California.

Highest Jump: The world record for the highest rabbit jump is 99.5 cm (39.2 in) and was achieved by Mimrelunds Tösen (The Lassie of Quivering Grove) in Herning, Denmark on June 28, 1997.

Longest Fur: The longest fur on a rabbit is 36.5 cm (14.37 in) and belongs to Franchesca, as measured in Morgan Hill, California on August 17, 2014. Franchesca’s proud owner is Dr Betty Chu — an expert on the English Angora rabbit, which is often mistaken for a Pekingese dog and needs a great deal of care and grooming.

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