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Brennan the kitten is recovering after squeezing through a screen and plummeting 13 stories out the window of his Minneapolis apartment building.
The veterinary experts at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Eden Prairie said his owner, John Knuf, left to go grocery shopping on Friday night. The window of the 17th story apartment was cracked open, and Brennan evidently found a flaw in the screen. He fell from the 17th floor all the way to a landing on the 4th floor
"He's acting like nothing much happened to him," said Julie Syverson, lead surgical veterinary technician at BluePearl. "He's a little miracle."
Knuf rushed him to the hospital and Brennan underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a dislocated hip and a broken shoulder. Dr. Andrew Jackson said the surgery went very well and Brennan is doing great.
"It hit me hard when I saw him," said Knuf, who had to climb out onto a fifth-story ledge to rescue the kitten. "He's my little man. He wasn't moving at first so I picked him up and he started crying."
Here are some tips to prevent pets from falling from windows:
-- Secure screens with screen guards.
-- Don't leave pets on balconies unattended.
-- Keep patio furniture away from balcony railings and high patios.
-- Make sure windows are closed before throwing toys for your pets.
-- Never allow pets on a fire escape.
If your pet has fallen, be very cautious when approaching. Animals in pain are more likely to bite. Gently but securely wrap the pet in a towel and seek emergency medical care immediately.
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