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In a real life Dumbo story, an incredibly lucky basset hound in West Sussex, England survived a 30 foot fall from an attic window. His survival is credited to, of all things, his big, floppy ears.

Remy is a newly-adopted basset hound whose owners Suzanne Lane and Richard Bradley only picked him up eight weeks ago. They immediately noticed that Remy didn't much care for being left by himself, but sometime they were left with no choice.

The couple had been attending a concert when they received several panicked phone calls from their neighbours, stating that the dog had fallen from the attic window. Several of the neighbors rushed the dog to the vet where his owners met up with him.

Bradley, a fireman in the area, thinks that Remy was likely after Otis, the family cat. After spotting him rooting around the garden, Remy decided the best way to join him outside was from the open attic window. Remy fell three stories and landed on solid concrete, but Lane believes the blow was softened due to his massive ears. Whether they provided resistance to slow his fall or gave him enough padding to soften it, she is convinced they saved his life.

remy the basset hound

When the veterinarians rushed him to the X-Rays, they stated that they expected a myriad of broken bones, internal bleeding and fractures that are all common with a severe fall, but Remy was majorly unscathed. While this lucky basset hound had no broken bones, he did have a bruised sternum and a partially collapsed left lung, but overall with an hour of oxygen therapy, I.V. fluids and some pain relievers, he was a healthy dog again. He was able to walk himself out of the vet's office the next day with ease.

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