Sugar, a very lucky cat from Boston, may have used up more than one of her nine lives after she fell out of the 19th floor of her owner’s apartment building.
Miraculously, Brittany Kirk’s white furred cat survived the 200 feet fall from the high rise window in Boston and walked away without a scratch or broken bone.
Brittany Kirk had cracked the window open in her apartment to let in the breeze because of the particularly warm weather on Wednesday.
Somehow, the one-year-old cat managed to get onto the ledge and fell out of the window.
Luckily for Sugar, she dodged bricks and concrete and landed on a very small patch of mulch.
Brittany Kirk told CBS Boston that she definitely believes in the old saying about nine lives.
“I think she probably used one or two or maybe eight.”
When workers with the Animal Rescue League examined the cat, they found that she only had minor bruising on the lungs.
A resident in the West End building said she saw a “white streak” go by her window that afternoon and then saw Sugar after she hit the ground.
Mike Brammer, assistant manager for the Animal Rescue League told MSNBC.com: “You could see the impact crater where she actually did hit the ground and she actually lost some fur in the hole, too.”
After the fall, Sugar had bounced back up and ran back into the apartment building in Storrow Drive.
“Considering what she had been through, she was in really good shape,” Mike Brammer said in the report.
Surprisingly, rescuers say research suggests that cats have a better chance of surviving falls when they’re from higher than nine floors.
“The cats were able to relax, orient themselves in a flying squirrel position with the legs spread out. It slowed their descent down.”
After the incident, Brittany Kirk called the managers of her high rise to have a screen installed on her window.
“I’m just so thankful. When I came home from work today and I saw her, I was just very thankful. It’s a miracle,” Brittany Kirk told CBS Boston.