Me-OW! Cat Survives 26-Story Plunge
06/02/2009 AT 03:00 PM EDT
As it turned out, Lucky had walked out of the window, possibly expecting to climb onto a ledge, and instead plummeted 26 stories to a sixth-floor balcony below. The window washers across the street saw the amazing incident happen, and worker John Hayes captured the entire experience on camera in three photos: Lucky stepping out of the window, his fall and his landing. Hayes helped guide Hostetler to where he believed he saw Lucky land, and discovered him curled up on the cover of a barbeque grill.
Lucky was rushed to a veterinary hospital, where he was treated for–amazingly–just a broken toe and a broken lower jaw. "That's the miraculous thing about Lucky," Hostetler said. "He has been [lucky] since we got him."
What's the moral of the story? Hostetler recommends that all pet owners -- especially those living in tall buildings–invest in screens to protect their pets. Learn more about the dangers open windows pose to cats–which the ASPCA dubs "High-Rise Syndrome"–here.
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