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article imageCat survives 19-story fall by gliding in air like flying squirrel

By Abigail Prendergast     Mar 25, 2012 in Odd News
Boston - A cat with pure white fur plummeted from a 19th-story window only to somehow manage to get herself to sustain only minor injuries by landing in mulch. It is believed the aptly-named Sugar somehow managed to glide to the pile like a flying squirrel.
Sugar, a one-year-old cat, is a true testament to the resilience and the tenacity our feline companions really have.
According to Time Newsfeed, the white-as-snow felis catus plummeted 19 stories from a high-rise window in Boston this past Wednesday. Luckily, Sugar was able to get herself to land in a soft pile of mulch, thus getting away with minimal injuries.
The "white streak" that was Sugar was observed by a female tenant who resided on the second floor of the building. She "saw Sugar hitting the ground, bounce up and miraculously land on her feet."
The woman informed the lobby about the cat and she was taken in as she quickly headed back toward the high-rise's entrance.
Animal Rescue League of Boston assistant manager, Mike Brammer told MSNBC that good fortune was not the only thing at Sugar's aid that day. He pointed out that the feline, who happens to be deaf, managed to literally aim herself toward the mulch pile by gliding much like a flying squirrel.
“You could see the impact crater where she actually did hit the ground and she actually lost some fur in the hole, too," Brammer pointed out. What made Sugar's plunge adventure even more remarkable is that her safe zone of a landing spot was surrounded by bricks and concrete.
The length of the fall quite possibly gave Sugar an edge too; a study conducted back in 1987 on the purported cases of High Rise Syndrome, says the higher up a cat commences its descent, the more time it has to spread out its body and retard the speed of its plunge much like a parachute.
After being treated for very minor injuries, including just a little bruising on her lungs, Sugar was returned to her owner, Brittney Kirk, who just happened to be at work during her sugar-white pet's escapade.
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