Kjell E’s Cool Images – nr 49

High-rise syndrome….

Cats have an amazing ability to survive “high-rise” falls, that is, falls from tall buildings.

In fact, studies done on cats that have fallen from 2 to 32 stories, and that are still alive when brought to a veterinarian clinic, show that the overall survival rate is over 90 percent of those treated.

WHAT IS INTERESTING though, is that cats who fall from less than six stories, and are still alive, have greater injuries (especially broken limbs), than cats who fall from higher than six stories.

The theory is that this happens because cats reach terminal velocity (60 mph / 96.5 kmph) after righting themselves after about a five story fall.   After this point they relax and spread themselves out like flying squirrels, leading to less severe injuries in cats who have fallen from six or more stories.

So, the farther a cat falls, the better its chances of escaping serious injury.

Photograph  ©  Dirk Eidner

Contemplating a jump….

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