UNITED AIRLINES: Airline cremates world record size rabbit without owner’s permission

Chicago – VIJAY SHAH via ASHITHA NAGESH, GEORGIA DIEBELIUS and Metro

The American air carrier United Airlines, which has suffered a massive PR blow recently after a doctor was assaulted and dragged off one of its planes, faces yet more controversy after it emerged the airline cremated a deceased giant rabbit without informing the pet’s owner, according to UK tabloid paper Metro today.

Ten-month old Flemish Giant rabbit Simon, the son of current world record holder for biggest rabbit, 4ft 4in (1.32m) Darius and measuring at 3ft (91cm) himself, was found frozen to death in the cargo hold at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. He was travelling from Heathrow Airport, near London, UK to a new home in Chicago.

 

Picture posed by another giant rabbit.

 

It was reported that airport ground staff at O’Hare has placed Simon in a freezer instead of a suitable pet carrier, resulting in his death. Simon had remained entirely trapped in the freezer, which was set at a temperature of around 0-2 degrees Celsius for the entire 16-hour duration of the flight. His former owner, rabbit breeder Annette Edwards, demanded that a post-mortem be held on her pet, but came to discover that Simon’s body was sent for cremation without her being told. The cremation took place this past Friday.

Edwards told The Sun newspaper: “I had been asking United over and over again for his 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. He was fit as a fiddle when he left my house, and then 24 hours later he’s dead”

Simon was said to have been travelling to the home of an unnamed celebrity, based in Kanton in Ohio state who had taken on the responsibility of being his owner, and the celebrity was reported to be upset at Simon’s passing.

At the time, United Airlines claimed that the rabbit was still alive upon arrival at Chicago, and that he was mistakenly placed in a freezer at holding on the airport premises. A United staff member told The Sun: “The rabbit arrived fine but there was some sort of mistake and he was locked inside a freezer overnight.

Everyone thought he was just having a nap or something. Nobody realised it needed to be taken out.’

‘We know from the inventory that that the rabbit was alive when it reached the airport. So it happened in the warehouse. It has all been kept very hush hush but none of us know who froze the rabbit.”

A United spokesman countered the allegations, saying at the time of the incident: “That assertion (that Simon froze to death on the flight) is completely false. Simon was cared for at the PetSafe kennel facility which is kept at room temperature (on average 70°F (21°C)).

‘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 “

SOURCES:

Metro, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

“United Airlines ‘cremated Simon the giant rabbit without the owner’s consent’” – Ashitha Nagesh, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (1 May 2017) http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/01/united-airlines-cremated-simon-the-giant-rabbit-without-the-owners-consent-6607998/

“Giant rabbit died in care of United Airlines ‘after being put in the freezer’” – Georgia Diebelius, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (29 April 2017) http://metro.co.uk/2017/04/29/giant-rabbit-died-in-care-of-united-airlines-after-being-put-in-the-freezer-6604933/

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Colby the Flemish Giant” – Rhiannon Boyle, Flickr (4 October 2008) https://www.flickr.com/photos/anomieus/2912690917

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A LOT OF CUDDLES: New York City’s largest cat

New York, UNITED STATES
VIJAY SHAH

New York city is famous for its big breakfasts and tiny apartments. It is also a haven for pet-lovers and one cat has certainly taken local, and now international media by storm.

His name is Samson. A Maine Coon cat (normally a hefty, but not giant-sized breed), the chubby tabby has a length of 4 feet (1.22 metres) and weighs 28 lbs (12.7 kg) compared with the average housecat’s 5-10 lbs (2.3-4.5 kg). He in fact is larger and weighs more than most toddlers and practically carpets his owner, when Samson lies on him. And the crazy thing is, Samson may not have yet finished growing.

Though he should really be named Goliath, Samson, aged four, is in fact highly friendly and playful and spends his days lounging around and batting his paw at mini-drones with owner and ‘daddy’ Jonathan Zurbel, in the district of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, where he attracts a lot of attention when he is taken outside in his distinctive green buggy. Samson has even being reimagined as a body positivity icon, and despite many people assuming that the cat is in a bad way due to his size, Zurbel’s local vet has given him a rating of good health.

 

 

SOURCES/VIDEO CREDITS:
“catstradamus” – Samson (Catstradamus) and Jonathan Zurbel, Instragram https://www.instagram.com/catstradamus/
“This Cat Is The Biggest Cat In NYC” – The Dodo, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/thedodosite/
“Meet Samson, the largest cat in New York City who’s becoming a body-positive icon” – Melissa Stanger, Revelist/CafeMedia Family/CMI MARKETING (12 August 2016) http://www.revelist.com/animals/largest-cat-new-york-city/4215/follow-samson-on-instagram/9

PHOTO MOMENT: Copycat

 

 

We’ve got ourselves a copycat!

 

IMAGE CREDITS:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Emma Miller, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/AfinaRec
Secretaries & PAs are awesome!, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/averysecretaries
Afina Recruitment, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Afina-Recruitment/147021728789752

GIF MOMENT: Easter bunny praises spinach diet

Well, as it is the Easter weekend, I’d thought to share with you this GIF spotted on my regular current affairs haunt, the UK tabloid newspaper Metro.

It’s a cuddly rabbit.

That really loves her spinach.

She’s definitely bought into the benefits of a diet of fresh organic greens.

Strangely mesmerising too.

Om nom nom.

HAPPY EASTER!!!

(c) Metro
Dedicated to the memory of Ruby and her children Rab and Bit. RIP.
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Two helpings of spinach a day can knock 11 years off you” – Alison Lynch, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (1 April 2015) http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/01/two-helpings-of-spinach-a-day-can-knock-11-years-off-you-5130024/

RUBY: The newest…and smallest member of our family.

with Alia Ropun and Anjali Shah (contributors & photos)

This past week, a small, extremely bundle of joy entered our lives. Soft, with big eyes and a quietly playful nature, our new arrival has won hearts and has become the source of a long line of ‘oohs’, ‘aahs’ and ‘ain’t she so cutes”. A new baby has made her home with our family. She’s not a baby human though. She’s a baby rabbit. A miniature lop-eared rabbit. And she goes by the name of Ruby.

The story of Ruby begins with a man in Romford and an advert on the online classified website Gumtree. My sister, Alia, has to recently give away her dog Zeus to another family as his barking was causing complaints from neighbours on her street. Zeus’ departure left a big hold in her heart and she decided to find another animal companion that would be less noisy and housetrained. My brother Azzy came across an advert from a guy in Romford, Essex, located near where he lived, who was selling mini lop kits (baby rabbits) for £20.

Soon Ruby was to make her new home, complete with improvised hutch, blankets and food, in the dining room of my sister’s flat. At first she was shy and quiet. Bewildered by her new surroundings and family, the eight-month old rabbit spend a lot of time hiding under the dining room table, but soon her playful, gregarious and mischievous personality began to reveal itself. Before long she had grown so confident that she mustered the courage to chase my niece, Shaniya, out of the kitchen, after choosing her as her new playmate. Shaniya, who had never seen a rabbit before, was quite unnerved by this and ran screaming as Ruby hopped at speed after her. Now they are inseparable.

I got to meet little Ruby this past Friday at my mother’s place near Ilford, Essex, where Alia has brought her over to show all of us. I was stunned by how adorable and small she was. With large, floppy ears, a round fuzzy head and chubby stomach, she was the rodent equivalent of a little plump toddler. Her fur was soft to the touch, indeed my first impression of her as I stroked her was that she had the texture of a big bundle of cotton wool. At first, among strange surroundings and new faces, Ruby was in bashful mode, seeking a hiding place behind one of the settees, but before long, the crazier and tinier version of Roger Rabbit came out to play. With a few reassuring words and some alfalfa pellets from her “mummy”, Ruby was bounding around the living room. She ate through a whole handful of lettuce like a mincing machine. She chased my mum’s pet cat Lucky out of their dining room, despite Lucky being more than a year older and nearly twice as large. She then hopped to my youngest brother Arjun, who has fallen asleep on the floor after a long day at school. She began sniffing him, bounded over to his face and promptly began sniffing it too. He didn’t move a muscle. After acquainting herself with Arjun, she then jumped over him clear as a shot and retreated behind the sofa again. She even nibbled a chunk off the analogue stick of a Playstation game controller that was sitting in the corner of the living room, as if to leave a permanent reminder of her visit there. Everyone was won over by her cuteness and charms. Apart from her feisty personality, Ruby’s other talking point was her colouration. Mostly a dark greyish-brown all over, she had a ginger patch behind her neck, which made me comment humorously that maybe she was a relative of the radio DJ and TV personality Chris Evans, who has ginger hair. Jokes aside though, she was very much unbelievably sweet and amusing and has softened everybody’s hearts.

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A mini lop rabbit. This picture posed by an actor rabbit.

Ruby is a miniature lop-eared rabbit, also known in among rabbit breeders and keepers as a ‘mini lop’. Her breed is relatively new in existence and she probably traces her origins to a group of Holland lops, rabbits with low-hanging ears that lived in the Netherlands during the 1970’s. In 1970, a breeder over there named Adriann de Cock, who had developed small Holland lops since the 1940’s, began aiming for a rabbit that was of small weight, having set himself a target of breeding animals with an average weight of 1.5 kilograms. By 1980, these new reduced-size Holland lops were being imported into the United Kingdom by another breeder, George Scott. Based in the county of Yorkshire in north England, Scott was excited by these new bunnies and arranged to have them introduced to British rabbit fans via obtaining them from a Dutch contact.

Their small size, peaceful yet playful nature and ease of maintenance soon made them a good choice among would-be pet owners looking for a companion that could be kept indoors or outdoors in a small hutch or rabbit run, especially for city dwellers with limited space. The Miniature Lop, as it came to be known, is now established as a popular entry in rabbit competitions and shows. The breed was recognised by the  British Rabbit Council in 1994. If properly cared for, a mini lop can live from anywhere between 7 to 18 years.

In honour of our new bunny, the Half-Eaten Mind is pleased to show a selection of photographs of Ruby, taken from her first week with her new family and from her visit to my mother’s house. Many thanks to Alia and Anjali for taking these pictures and enabling me to share them with you all.

Ruby near her improvised hutch. Photo by Alia Ropun.

The chubby bunny has a well-earned drink. Photo by Alia Ropun.

Ruby does her best ‘grumpy’ face for the camera while resting. Photo by Alia Ropun.

Looking for something to chase. Photo by Alia Ropun.

Ruby at my mother’s house. She’s figuring the place out. Photo by Anjali Shah.

Ruby relaxing by my feet while I stroke her. Photo by Anjali Shah.

The little rabbit tucks into alfalfa pellets and fresh lettuce after a hard hour’s hiding and exploring. Photo by Anjali Shah.

Of course, the modern way to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family is to splash it on social media. I am not immune to that. Here’s how Ruby got to say “what’s up, doc!” on Twitter.

 

Miniature Lop resources and information:

The British Rabbit Council http://www.thebrc.org/index.htm

The National Miniature Lop Rabbit Club http://www.nmlrc.co.uk/

Miniature lop (UK) – Bunnyhugga http://www.bunnyhugga.com/mini-lop-uk.html

About the Mini Lop – Adorable Rabbits http://www.adorablerabbits.co.uk/abouttheminilop.htm

Mini Lop Information page – Lovelyminilops http://www.lovelyminilops.co.uk/mini-lop-information-page.html

mini lops Archives – Natural Rabbit Care http://naturalrabbitcare.com/tag/mini-lops/

 

 

 

SOURCES:
“Miniature Lop” – Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_Lop
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter 

IMAGE CREDITS:
“File:S7000021.JPG” – MRM82, Wikimedia Commons (13 February 2007) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:S7000021.JPG

 

 

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