The height of the 12-year-old pup’s fall may have actually help save his life, says a veterinarian

By Amy Jamieson
Updated October 06, 2015 07:56 PM

Kimberly Bellinger always knew her dog would be famous for something — but this wasn’t what either of them had in mind.

The 12-year-old Pekingese survived an 11-story fall from a balcony in West Palm Beach, Florida, in August, reports WPBF 25 News.

Bellinger and Bonzo were staying at her mother’s beachfront condo when it happened, said Bellinger, and immediately thought the worst.

“I looked outside and I didn’t see him at all,” Bellinger told WPBF 25 News. “I went outside and I looked over the railing and I saw his little body laying there.”

The pup fell about 120-feet and landed in the grass below. “We ran down there, flew down the elevator, ran outside, and he was breathing,” she adds.

A local veterinarian said the height of the fall may have actually helped save the dog’s life because he was limber and not bracing for impact, the report said. While the extent of his injuries are not known, so far he only appears to have a broken rib.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by Bellinger, Bonzo is alert, on pain medication but not really walking. His brain function is the wild card right now and he may need an MRI, she writes.

She has set up the GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical bills.

“Vet bills so far are at $4400 and an MRI to check neurological function will be another $2k-$2500, not counting follow up visits,” she writes. “Please help us afford his hospital care and to ensure our little fighter has all he needs to recover! The vets even call him a Miracle!”

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