Cat Falls 26 Stories and Lives: One "Lucky" FelinePublished June 1, 2009
The expression "curiosity killed the cat" thankfully did not prove true in the case of one very curious kitty, a New York City high-rise apartment dweller.
Since the urban legend "Cats have nine lives" continues to persist in spite of scientific evidence to the contrary, happily this three year old cat believed the legend but he definitely used up several of his lives the other day.
Lucky, a grey and white striped male kitty, who resides in an apartment building high above the streets of Manhattan, fell out of the window of his owner's 26th floor apartment. His human "pawrent", Keri Hostetler's window was only open six inches, but this cat on a mission managed to squeeze through the opening in an attempt to perch on the windowsill, perhaps to get a better view of his world.
Across the street, workers were caulking windows on the 30th floor and spotted the cat on the narrow ledge. John Hayes, one of the workers who spied the cat in imminent danger, said, "The cat was on the ledge and we saw it trying to turn a corner. But there was no ledge for him to step on. My partner told me to get my camera, so I did.
Later, in an interview with "Good Morning America, Weekend Edition" Hostetler said, "I came back up from doing laundry and saw that the room where the window was open -- the door was open, I rushed in to the window and saw the window washers kind of waving for me." Since she had been searching the apartment for Lucky and not finding him, she immediately knew just what they were trying to tell her. I can only imagine what terrifying feeling that must have been for her.
Hostetler said, "It was the worst day. If you have children, I imagine that that relationship is somewhat similar for mine for a pet since I don't have kids yet. He's awesome. And he's been with us. He goes with us on trips. He flies to see our families, so it was devastating, at first."
What was even more incredible is that Lucky only suffered minor injuries. After a brief hospitalization, he's safe and sound, back with his loving owner. She hopes that this story serves to warn other high-rise cat owners to be very careful with their cats.
Watch the amazing video of the entire story, uploaded to YouTube by Psam7716.
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