| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Black cat makes death-defying leap from 5th floor of burning building before casually walking away

Georgia Simcox wrote this article in the Daily Mail:

A cat made a death-defying leap to safety from the fifth floor of a burning building before calmly walking away.

A video posted to social media by Chicago Fire Department on Thursday shows smoke coming from the window of an apartment in Chicago.

Chicago Fire Department staff were taking a video of the exterior of the building as firefighters were extinguishing the blaze.

Debris could be seen falling from the broken windows as the black cat appeared through the smoke at one window.

The fire-fleeing feline briefly tested the side of the building with its front paws and then jumped for safety.

Onlookers stared in amazement with one stunned eyewitness shouting  ‘Look at the cat!’

Fortunately the animal missed a wall landing miraculously all four paws on  a patch of grass in front of the building.

It bounced once off the grass before running away.

Fire department spokesman Larry Langford said: ‘It went under my car and hid until she felt better after a couple of minutes and came out and tried to scale the wall to get back in.’

The cat was not injured, Langford said, adding he was trying to track down its owner.

No injuries were reported after the fire, which was confined to one apartment. The cause of the fire hasn’t been reported by officials, nor how much damage resulted.

A cat’s ability to land on its feet is caused by what is often referred to as the cat-righting reflex, according to Science Focus.

Their flexible backbone and lack of collarbone means it can twist the two halves of its body in opposite directions, causing ‘their opposing angular momenta to largely cancel’. Its body will be oriented in a different direction when it unbends.

This is one of the most important movements of the cat’s manoeuvre, but a cat must use several different motions to turn quickly and efficiently.


  • Daily Mail