New York Cat Survives 26-story Fall


A well-named Lucky the Cat is back home after a 26-story plunge from a Manhattan highrise.

In something of a freak accident, Keri Hostetler was cleaning her apartment in preparation for visting guests. She cracked open a window a few inches — something she “never, ever did” — to air the place out. Leaving the door ajar, she left to work on her laundry.

“I came back up from doing laundry and saw that the room where the window was open — the door was open. I rushed in to the window and saw the window washers kind of waving for me.”

Directly across the street, two men on scaffolding spotted Lucky on the narrow ledge.

“The cat was on the ledge and we saw it trying to turn a corner. But there was no ledge for him to step on,” said John Hayes. “My partner told me to get my camera, so I did.”

Lucky fell 26 stories and landed on a cement balcony. Hayes snapped three photos: Lucky on the ledge, Lucky in midair, and Lucky’s landing.

Back in the apartment, Keri realized to late that Lucky was missing. “I ran around the apartment screaming for him,” she said. “And then I saw the window and I knew what had happened.” When she went to the window, Hayes was signaling her, letting her know that Lucky had fallen.

Lucky was rushed to a vet, where he was treated for minor injuries — a broken toe and a broken lower jaw.

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