The cat jumped from her owner’s apartment after a window had been cracked open because it was a warm day. The cat then plunged an estimated 150 to 200 feet to the ground. Rescue personnel found the cat in a grassy area, understandably shaken, but with no cuts or broken bones.
According to Dr. Hugh Davis of the Animal Rescue League, studies show cats have a better chance of surviving falls if the distance is more than nine stories.
“Cats are able to relax and orient themselves so they are in a flying squirrel position with the legs spread out to slow their descent,” Davis says.
Brittany Kirk, Sugar’s owner, appears to have her own explanation as to why the cat survived: “It’s a miracle,” she says.