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The morning Odds & Ends

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. An Indiana University student has admitted tossing a guinea pig tied to a makeshift parachute out of an eighth-floor dormitory window, police said.The 19-year-old student, who could face a felony charge of animal cruelty, told campus police that the incident Thursday was a prank gone bad.The student told authorities he had intended to retrieve his pet once it floated to safety but it got stuck in a tree on the way down, campus Officer Brice Boembeke said.Janitors at Briscoe Quadrangle rescued the animal, which was slightly injured. A freshman, Laura Robinson, first spotted the animal in the tree and took it to a shelter after its rescue.Boembeke said the student admitted throwing his pet out the window as other students egged him on.It seemed like one of those things where somebody had an idea, and it was taken to the next level, he said. It definitely got out of hand.A felony charge of animal cruelty was forwarded to the Monroe County prosecutors office for review, but no charge was immediately filed. Authorities did not identify the student, pending charges against him.Jason Eller, a Bloomington animal control officer, said the student could be ordered to pay a $500 fine for cruelty to an animal. Boembeke said the student might also face some type of disciplinary action from the school.The guinea pig is doing well at the Bloomington Animal Shelter and was named Noel in honor of the holiday season, said shelter manager Leigh Ann Hoffacker.

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