• Reuters


A teddy bear from the hit animated movie “Minions” is credited with breaking the fall of a 5-year-old Colorado girl who suffered only minor injuries after tumbling from a third-story apartment window, police said on Friday.

She was playing in a bedroom when she fell backward through an open window, Colorado Springs police said in a statement.

“Fortunately, when the child fell out of the window she continued holding on to a stuffed Minion teddy bear that is believed to have cushioned her fall,” the statement said.

She was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for a broken arm and released.

Colorado Springs Police Lt. Catherine Buckley said it was the fifth incident since May of a child falling from an open window in the state’s second-largest city. “Thankfully none of the injuries have been serious, but people should make sure to have an adequate screen or some other way to block a child from open windows,” she said.

“Minions” tells the adventures of Stuart, Kevin and Bob, three gibberish-speaking caveman characters. It is a prequel to the 2010 smash hit “Despicable Me.”

The Universal Pictures film reaped $115.2 million at the box office last weekend, making it the second-largest opening ever for an animated movie in North America, according to the trade publication Variety. That record is held by the $121.6 million kickoff of “Shrek the Third” in 2007.

The teddy bear incident is the second time that toys from the movie have made headlines outside the theater. Plastic versions of the quirky characters were introduced this month by McDonald’s in its line of Happy Meals toys, but some customers posted videos online to complain that the talking toys utter an obscenity when tapped on a hard surface to activate a voice recording.

The fast-food chain said that the claim of the toys saying anything profane is untrue and that it has no plans to pull them from its restaurants.

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