Cat Survives 19-Story Drop from Apartment

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Sugar the cat turned in one of her nine lives this week, miraculously surviving a 19-story drop from an apartment building. Her owner, Brittany Kirk, said the cat slipped out the window she usually leaves cracked open. Workers from the Animal Rescue League examined Sugar after the 200-foot fall and found no injuries except for some slight briusing on the lungs. Vets says the height of the drop actually helped the cat walk away from the accident. Longer falls give felines a chance to relax and orient themselves, allowing them to spread out their limbs, like a flying squirrel, and slow the descent. Kirk is just happy to have her windows closed and an understandably skittish Sugar back in her arms.

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Mallory

I recently saw something on Animal Planet that cats do spread their legs (like the vet said) and soar through the sky. Thank goodness for this sweetie. Seriously, is this not the most GORGEOUS cat ever? OMG, simply precious!

March 22 2012 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mick

cats because of their bodyweight and proportions can survive extremely high falls. I dont remember where I read this, but I saw it somewhere

March 22 2012 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dboobearsh

Omg I wanna cry. poor baby!

March 22 2012 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frippenjimjam

meow!!!!!

March 22 2012 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Lee Etter

I read a story of a cat hiding at the top of the washingtom monument during construction getting spooked and jumping and it survived...

March 22 2012 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Lee Etter

I heard a story of a hiding cat at the top of the washington monument during its construction getting spooked and jumping and actually surviving

March 22 2012 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sadiemae1214

When I was a kid in New York, something spooked our cat and she fell 7 stories out the window and landed on the overhang of the lobby door. Someone got a ladder, climbed up and rescued her. All she had was a scratch on her nose! We saw it happen but couldn't stop it. She never went near that window again!

March 22 2012 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fredtrav

How do they test the idea that cats survive falls greater than nine stories by relaxing and flatting themselves out. I know there have been incidents like this in the past but who was watching them fall to see how they did it?

March 22 2012 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rossnattie39

Unfortunately no we can't, we're not cats lol!

March 22 2012 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
matt

This happens all the time.. And to Stevie, yes.. We can slow our descent and land on our feet in a certain position you could survive a 10,000 foot fall.. With damage of course. Shorter distances such as 200 have occurred.

March 22 2012 at 2:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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