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She's alive thanks to Minion teddy bear

A stuffed toy from the hit animated movie Minions is credited with breaking the fall of a five-year-old Colorado girl who suffered only minor injuries after tumbling from a third-storey apartment window, police said.

The child was playing in a bedroom when she accidentally fell backwards out of 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 added.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she was treated for a broken arm and released.

Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant Catherine Buckley said it is the fifth incident since May of a child falling from an open window in the city, Reuters reported.

"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.

BOX-OFFICE HIT

The film reaped US$115.2 million (S$157 million) at the box office last weekend. It was the second-largest opening ever for an animated movie in North America, according to trade publication Variety.

The stuffed toy incident is the second time toys from the movie have made headlines outside the cinema.

Plastic versions of the characters were introduced this month by McDonald's in its line of Happy Meals toys. Some customers posted videos to complain that the toys utter an obscenity when tapped on a hard surface to activate a voice recording.

The fast-food chain said the allegations that the toys say anything offensive or profane is untrue, and it has no plans to pull them from its restaurants.

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