The Ontario SPCA is probing a case of a cat who miraculously survived a 17-story fall from a building in Mississauga, Canada. The cat was bruised and suffered a number of broken teeth, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Cats have been known to plunge from great heights and land on their feet. But 17 floors up is almost always fatal. This was one lucky cat.
No one is sure how it happened. Building supe Daniel Ambaye was cleaning out an empty apartment Monday when he found the abandoned cat. When he returned to the unit with some food for the animal, the frightened feline jumped up onto a window ledge, perilously close to the edge.
“I backed out of the room slowly,” Ambaye told The Sun. “This cat didn’t know me. I didn’t want to startle it.” A few seconds later, he heard a screeching sound as the cat either fell or jumped from the window. He rushing to the ground floor, where he found the animal, bleeding from the mouth and “a little dazed.” He called authorities. “Bleeding was coming and she was not moving,” Daniel Ambaye recalled. “She was in bad, bad shape.” She was clutching branches from a tree used to break her fall.
Even veteran animal lovers are astonished. “This is a very unusual story and a remarkable cat,” said Ontario SPCA Chief Inspector Hugh Coghill. “In my 30 years of service I have never heard of a cat falling this far and surviving.”
The cat is recovering well and eating again. She underwent dental surgery Friday. She’s been named “Prima Bella” by the shelter staff.