Pet ferret survives full washing machine cycle after falling asleep in clothes

A young ferret has made a miraculous recovery after surviving a full washing machine cycle after falling asleep in a pile of laundry.

Bandit the ferret suffered severe bruising, a collapsed lung and was on the brink of death when his owners Jackie Redfern and Josh Crosse, both 33, found him in the washer.

They were unaware their furry friend had snuggled up in a pile of clothes and gone for a quick nap before he was sent on a terrifying spin for 100 minutes.

The two-year-old ferret was rushed to Vets4Pets in Leeds, the nearest emergency veterinarian practice, where he was placed on intravenous therapy to save his life.

Vets told the worried couple that Bandit, who was limp and lifeless, had just a 1% chance of survival, but he was clinging on to life.

The veterinary team successfully drained his collapsed lung and the medication and oxygen treatment helped Bandit to recover from his near death experience.

He was intensively nursed with warming implements, given medications for potential drowning and secondary drowning, placed on oxygen and given anti-inflammatories.

The grateful couple, who are from Leeds, have now welcomed little Bandit back home following his miraculous recovery, where he has returned to playing with his brother Mikey.

‘The few hours we spent at home awaiting the dreaded call from Vets4Pets Leeds Colton went so slowly,’ says Jackie.

‘When we found Bandit he was limp and it was only when we rubbed his chest that he made a couple of slight wheezing noises.

‘Bandit had to spend a second night in hospital to make sure he was well enough to continue his recovery at home with his brother, but when we went to collect him, he was excited to see us and was trying to get out of his cage.

‘His brother Mikey had been quiet for two days, but as soon as Bandit was back, he immediately perked up.’

Jackie says that she and Josh thought Bandit was tucked up with his brother Mikey, and switched the washing machine on, unaware of that he was in there, hidden under the clothes.

‘For the first couple of weeks after the incident Bandit was fairly unsteady but he then started to get back to his normal self,’ says Jackie.

‘It’s now been three months since the event and thankfully Bandit is now doing really well and seemingly none the worse for his ordeal.

‘Josh and I still have flashbacks about the incident, always double and triple checking the washing machine before switching it on to make sure our beloved Bandit or Mikey haven’t sneaked in.

‘Thanks to the wonderful emergency help from the team at Vets4Pets Leeds Colton, who saved his life and then Vets4Pets Leeds Birstall Hospital for the after care, we can have many happy years and memories with Bandit, and Mikey.’

Veterinary surgeon David Massey said that they were able to save Bandit’s life thanks to the speedy reaction of his owners who immediately called for help.

‘Bandit was in a pretty bad way when he came in, but the team here got to work quickly to try and save his life,’ says David.

‘His owners’ quick-thinking upon realising the situation also helped ensure we could prevent a tragedy.

‘Amazingly, within four hours of being admitted, he took a few gentle steps, which is when we started to become confident, he would make a good, and miraculous, recovery.

‘He needed a few days of specialist care to ensure he didn’t relapse, but it was fantastic to see him reunited with Josh and Jackie after the ordeal.

‘While this situation is thankfully extremely rare, washing machines and tumble dryers can often be a place our furry friends can seek out, particularly during colder weather when they might be looking for a cosy place to curl up.’

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