Cat survives a week up an 80-foot tree
"I don't see anything wrong with this cat; it's unbelievable," veterinarian Dr. Rachel Francis said as she prodded every inch of the feisty feline, which has been dubbed “Fortunate.”
"She's certainly a survivor," Francis said.
The cat, which evaded four rescue attempts earlier this week, tried three times to flee the exam room, once breaking out of the room and running down the hall.
As for how she survived an 80-foot fall, Francis chalked it up to "high-rise syndrome," a phenomenon in which cats falling from more than six stories have higher survival rates than those falling from two to five stories. Falling farther gives the cat time to right itself and land on its feet, Francis said.
The cat was spotted in a Rochester, Mass., tree on Christmas Eve. Several rescue attempts failed before firefighters cut the branch it was perched on Sunday. Cat shelter founder Pam Robinson finally trapped the skittish feline on Tuesday.
Robinson will keep the cat for a few weeks so it can regain weight before putting it up for adoption.
Critical thinking challenge: Why does “Fortunate” need to gain weight?
Define these words: feline, feisty
- Posted on January 3, 2013