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Miracle cat survives 110ft fall after chasing a mosquito straight out of an 11th floor apartment
Daily Mail ^ | 9-8-13

Posted on 09/08/2013 1:05:04 PM PDT by Dysart

Wasabi the cat should be dead, but miraculously she's back to purring and playing after falling 11 floors from her owner's apartment in Juneau, Alaska. Wasabi was chasing a mosquito around owner Stephanie Gustafson's apartment earlier this week when she chase the insect straight out the window. Ms Gustafson's mom watched the cat fall to the ground while she 'freaked out' and ran downstairs to see if Wasabi was OK.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: alaska; cat; fall; kittyping; mosquito
Wasabi's the cat's name and looks like Flowerchild is the owner.
1 posted on 09/08/2013 1:05:04 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

The cat’s magic number is now eight.


2 posted on 09/08/2013 1:08:37 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The time for impeachment has come.)
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To: Dysart

Those are BIG mosquitos up there in Alaska. Wondering if the cat rode that sucker down.


3 posted on 09/08/2013 1:09:53 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Dysart
Actually, cats are better at surviving high falls than moderate ones.

High-Rise Syndrome

In a study performed in 1987 it was reported that cats who fall from less than six stories, and are still alive, have greater injuries than cats who fall from higher than six stories.

4 posted on 09/08/2013 1:11:05 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

More time to right themselves so they land correctly?


5 posted on 09/08/2013 1:12:02 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender
It has been proposed that this might happen because cats reach terminal velocity after righting themselves (see below) at about five stories, and after this point they relax, leading to less severe injuries in cats who have fallen from six or more stories.
6 posted on 09/08/2013 1:13:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: vbmoneyspender
More time to right themselves so they land correctly?

I think they do a flying squirrel thing after they are righted.

7 posted on 09/08/2013 1:27:30 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The Presidency is broken.)
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To: vbmoneyspender

From higher altitudes, cats have been shown to flatten themselves out like a parachute to slow their fall.


8 posted on 09/08/2013 1:33:26 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Slings and Arrows

PING this over to you!


9 posted on 09/08/2013 1:35:38 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I dunno. My Rum Dum (at 27 lbs.) is just too damn mean to die.


10 posted on 09/08/2013 1:40:56 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Jonty30

“From higher altitudes, cats have been shown to flatten themselves out like a parachute to slow their fall.”

Especially at the moment of impact.


11 posted on 09/08/2013 1:41:08 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Biggirl; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...
The mosquito was working for the dog that mauled Stubbs.


12 posted on 09/08/2013 1:46:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: rockinqsranch

They don’t call it the state bird for nothing...


13 posted on 09/08/2013 1:51:14 PM PDT by pandemoniumreigns
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To: Dysart

Anyone who lives on the 11th floor with a cat should not leave a window open without a screen. That’s rank negligence leading to a big near miss for kitty.


14 posted on 09/08/2013 1:54:21 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Dysart
Maybe it's one of those Sky Diving Cats


15 posted on 09/08/2013 1:58:35 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It has been proposed that this might happen because cats reach terminal velocity after righting themselves (see below) at about five stories, and after this point they relax

Some relax beforehand!!! photo beernpussy.gif

16 posted on 09/08/2013 1:58:39 PM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: onedoug; stylecouncilor

ping


17 posted on 09/08/2013 1:59:04 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Dysart

Amazing story. I didn’t realize that Alaska had 11 story buildings.


18 posted on 09/08/2013 2:06:29 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: rockinqsranch

It wouldn’t surprise me if she did. You can throw a saddle on those Alaska mosquitoes!


19 posted on 09/08/2013 2:07:41 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Fangs!
We used to live across the Channel from Juneau...I had a perfect piccie in my head, but I was so young, then...no high-rises!


20 posted on 09/08/2013 2:09:00 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Monkey Face

You’re quite welcome. Always wanted to visit Alaska.


21 posted on 09/08/2013 2:17:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Safetgiver
I dunno. My Rum Dum (at 27 lbs.) is just too damn mean to die.

And my damn Squeek is just too damn lazy to even try to catch a cold.......

22 posted on 09/08/2013 2:17:40 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Dysart

See, that was mistake Number One. You use anti-aircraft weaponry to kill Alaska mosquitoes.


23 posted on 09/08/2013 2:19:43 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

DO it! I have a sister who still lives there. I want to visit, but at this point in my life, it’s not feasible. So I encourage YOU!

(Just bring back lots of piccies!)


24 posted on 09/08/2013 2:19:46 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: vbmoneyspender; E. Pluribus Unum
More time to right themselves so they land correctly?

Or alternatively, dead ones aren't brought to the vet, resulting in a biased sample.

25 posted on 09/08/2013 2:19:51 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Monkey Face

Hmmm...gives me an idea...


26 posted on 09/08/2013 2:33:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Or alternatively, dead ones aren't brought to the vet, resulting in a biased sample.

That is addressed in the linke that I posted.

Another possible explanation for this phenomenon would be the fact that cats who die in falls are less likely to be brought to a veterinarian than injured cats, and thus many of the cats killed in falls from higher buildings are not reported in studies of the subject.[2] However, the study was specifically about the extent of injuries: Survival rates were not studied, leaving the possibility that longer falls do lead to a higher death rate, but that among the survivors, mildly injured cats are more likely to be brought to the veterinarian if they have survived a long fall rather than a short one.

27 posted on 09/08/2013 2:36:58 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Fair enough - I mentioned it because a lot of people who cite that study tend to miss that little caveat.


28 posted on 09/08/2013 2:44:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dysart

About twenty years ago, we got a kitten and when he was a month or two less than a year old, climbed a really high tree (over 100 ft.) and was up there for 5 or 6 hours. My wife called the fire department and when they showed up, they told us it was too high for their equipment.
While she was talking to the fireman, the cat leapt straight out and then did the flying squirrel thing. came to a landing on the driveway then walked over to us, because he was hungry and wanted to get fed.


29 posted on 09/08/2013 2:56:00 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: All

There’s a great Family Guy ep about cats being dropped upside down. Let’s just say that Brian ends up with bruises.


30 posted on 09/08/2013 3:09:44 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Jonty30
That is correct.


31 posted on 09/08/2013 3:35:41 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: BuffaloJack

That was quite a successful day for your cat. It got to scare the cr#p out of you, bring out the fire dept, perform for a stunned and appreciative audience, and then get a nice meal and some affection. Not bad....not bad at all.


32 posted on 09/08/2013 3:40:23 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Dysart

Wow, I didn’t know Juneau had buildings that tall!


33 posted on 09/08/2013 3:51:18 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.")
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To: Dysart

Why, I’ve seen cats jump off 11story buildings and catch a thermal and fly around for a couple of hours doing loops and barrel rolls. Or maybe that was an F-16.


34 posted on 09/08/2013 4:04:09 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
I am not sure why Wasabi wasn't adequately equipped.


35 posted on 09/08/2013 4:12:24 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: PAR35

“I didn’t realize that Alaska had 11 story buildings.”

Yes, hubby and I were wondering about that too...why?

My poor brother’s poor kitty died after falling out his window, I forget how far it was, maybe 16 stories.

Very sad, miss you both Fritter and A.


36 posted on 09/08/2013 4:31:35 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Dysart

An eleven-story fall? I didn’t know they made igloos that high.


37 posted on 09/08/2013 5:13:53 PM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: Boiler Plate

A cat with landing skids. Is that an option you have when you order one?


38 posted on 09/08/2013 5:49:02 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Slings and Arrows

One of ours launched from the roof. He’d gotten up there & realized he didn’t know how to get down, & started crying right above our bedroom window. Our bedroom window is one floor above the ground floor (daylight basement). We heard him crying & thought he was outside the back door (under the bedroom window). We got down there, & realized he was on the roof. He looked down at us & figured he’d been rescued...so he jumped. Happily there were no ill effects.

Silly cat!


39 posted on 09/08/2013 6:07:04 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Dysart

Wasabi must have done one spectacular PLF on landing.


40 posted on 09/08/2013 7:03:41 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: HerrBlucher

Nice relative work by this pride of kittens.


41 posted on 09/08/2013 7:06:13 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: Twotone

“I meant to do that.”


42 posted on 09/08/2013 8:29:36 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: HerrBlucher

> That was quite a successful day for your cat. It got to scare the cr#p out of you, bring out the fire dept, perform for a stunned and appreciative audience, and then get a nice meal and some affection. Not bad....not bad at all.

I forgot to mention that it all happened on a really cold day. It was January, the cat shot through the door when someone was coming in the house and the temperature outside was freezing. But felines do these thing, don’t they.


43 posted on 09/09/2013 4:19:11 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: Revolting cat!

If you drop a cat from an 11th story window, would a passerby on the sidewalk walk away unscathed?


44 posted on 09/09/2013 8:18:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: PAR35

My Cuddle-Kitty, Babe, Was Accidently let out of my home in Northern Michigan about a week ago. She’s never been outside before.
My Dumb-ass sister left her unattended when she went home to Colorado; and she bolted when my buddy went to check on her.
I hope she finds her way home. Maybe, She’ll be one of those pets that show up a year later.
I’m Hoping...


45 posted on 09/09/2013 10:21:47 AM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: Mike Darancette
I think they do a Flying Squirrel thing after they are righted. Cue the Rocky and Bullwinkle Graphic.
46 posted on 09/09/2013 10:28:37 AM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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