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Gizmo the cat falls nine stories and survives

NYC Cat Survives Nine Story Fall

A New York City cat used up all but one of his nine lives when he plunged nine stories from his owner's penthouse, and survived.

Samuel Jacobs came home to his twelfth story penthouse on Tuesday morning, but couldn't locate his four year old feline, Gizmo. It wasn't until Jacobs went out onto his terrace that he saw Gizmo on a third floor landing. He feared his friend was dead.

Apparently, Gizmo lost his footing while walking on the twelfth story terrace, slipped, and fell nearly a hundred feet. Miraculously, the eleven pound cat only suffered a broken tooth and a few scratches.

Jacobs told the New York Daily News, "I just looked at him and he had this look of relief. He was crying and yelling. He was so freaked out."

The buildings porter helped Jacobs retrieve Gizmo, who was immediately taken to the vet. Minutes later they walked out; the vet told Jacobs the cat was fine.

Gizmo isn't the first cat to survive a big fall. Back in May, a cat in an unidentified location fell three stories after losing its grip on the side of a building. It sprung back up, and ran off.

In fact, cats falling from tall buildings is so common veterinary professionals define it as "high rise syndrome." The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that there is a ninety percent survival rate for cats that fall from high rise buildings if they receive immediate medical attention.

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BettyKC August 15 2014 at 10:44 AM

Don't tell people cats have a 90% chance of surviving a fall like this. Inevitably the brain dead will start testing it out for fun or is that what aol hopes for when it publishes pieces like this?

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wlh1923 BettyKC August 15 2014 at 1:21 PM

Hey, apparently YOU survived that fall when YOUR parents tried it with you

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evnsaffl wlh1923 August 15 2014 at 5:45 PM

You are one SICKO.

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Velocity105 wlh1923 August 16 2014 at 3:02 AM

That's because she landed on her head.

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phoebus61 August 15 2014 at 11:23 AM

It's number of stories, NOT amount of stories. English as a second language?

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Nancy August 15 2014 at 2:16 PM

I'm very curious why anyone would let any animal go unattended on a terrace that is nine stories high???? Even two stories???

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aatomicpunk August 15 2014 at 11:46 AM

What kind of MORON llows hs beloved pet to walk around on a railing nearly 100 feet from the ground? Cats are demn sure footed and very tactically precisefar more than any human could ever hope to be but they do slip once in a while.

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abourge458 aatomicpunk August 16 2014 at 5:05 AM

I learned that lesson.. My buddy only fell about 12 feet from a 2nd story porch railing but unfortunately glanced off the edge of a garbage barrel and broke a couple of ribs.
Initially I stopped letting him and his lady friend out there but the meowing-begging to be let back out got to me.
The first thing I did was ensure there was nothing underneath anymore AND....
I stapled carpetting on the rails ( which were pretty smooth before. )

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Dolly August 15 2014 at 5:54 PM

It's amazing, but it doesn't happen often. There have been reports of babies falling many stories and surviving. People should be more careful about their pets, doors and windows should be closed and animals kept indoors, the same goes for, of course, children. So many careless people around, children and animals suffer for their irresponsible caretakers.

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evnsaffl August 15 2014 at 5:44 PM

(The cat) SPRANG back up and ran off. SPRANG SPRANG SPRANG SPRANG. (Not sprung.)

(Next to last paragraph).

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Ava August 15 2014 at 5:37 PM

Happy ending but the owner is a moron. He let his cat get out on the terrace? He does not deserve a pet.

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barryaclarke August 18 2014 at 4:03 PM

Many years ago there were two pilots having disagreement at a small airport regarding if a cat could survive a high fall. It was put to the test when a stray cat was found in a hanger. The two went up and flying the airport traffic pattern which is 1,000 feet above the surface, one of the pilots launched the cat out of the airplane. Down it came landing on all fours in a grassy area and then it ran away never to be seen again at the airport. So yes, cats can fall and survive from great heights……….

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steve August 15 2014 at 3:59 PM

I have never questioned the survival instincts of the capability's of a *****..

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rpepli5045 August 15 2014 at 2:26 PM

It's incredible "number" of stories, not "amount". Such poor grammar on the web

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Judith rpepli5045 August 18 2014 at 3:40 PM

I find that there is an incredibly large number of people posting on the web who just can't stop themselves from correcting other people's grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, etc. I also find it rather amusing that, while doing so, they also make mistakes, such as putting a period outside of a closing quote and closing with an incomplete sentence - or is the omission of a period at the end an acknowledgement that it is an incomplete sentence? LOL because by posting this I have become one of them!

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