— Hollywood (@DannyWQAM) September 11, 2021
They say cats have nine lives, but there’s one particularly fearless feline in Florida who may have just used up one of his. A stray black and white cat somehow got into the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday night, where he managed to climb up to the upper deck of the stands during the first quarter. Shockingly, the curious cat slipped over the railing and clutched onto some fabric with his claws, 50 feet above the ground.
Watching the cat dangle above them as he held on for his life, the crowd began to panic. The game was between the University of Miami Hurricanes and Appalachian State Mountaineers, but fans of both teams put their rivalry aside and came together in order to save the cat. Knowing that the frightened feline wouldn’t be able to hold on for long, a group of fans held out an American flag below where the cat was hanging as a makeshift safety net. The nail-biting moment was filmed by multiple people in the crowd, who can be heard gasping in horror as the cat begins to lose his grip. Within seconds, the cat dropped into the crowd, but was miraculously caught in the flag and seemingly unharmed. Nearby fans held up the little guy, and the crowd erupted into a giant cheer.
Season ticket holder and facilities manager at the University of Miami, Craig Cromer, was one of the heroes of the night. He and his wife bring an American flag to every game, and they cleverly decided to use theirs to catch the cat. “[People] were trying to grab it from above and they couldn’t reach it, but they were scaring it downward,” recalls Cromer. “It hung there for a little while with its two front paws, then one paw, then I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s coming soon.’”
Much to the relief of everyone in the stadium, and millions of concerned animal lovers on the Internet, the cat lives! Stadium security workers brought the kitty to safety, and the stadium later announced on Twitter, saying that it had made a donation to the Humane Society of Greater Miami in the cat’s honor.
It’s not clear where the cat is now, but it’s safe to say that he’s sure to be thankful not to be on that balcony anymore.
Collage football fans recently saved a cat after he fell 50 feet from the upper deck of the stands.
🚨 | NEW: The terrifying moment a cat survives a fall at the Hard Rock Stadium pic.twitter.com/aNaLfse9N8
— News For All (@NewsForAllUK) September 12, 2021
A cat survived a dramatic fall Saturday inside a packed American football stadium, after fans created a makeshift net with an American Flag to safely catch the feline. 😱
The stadium later tweeted to confirm the cat was safe… 😅🏟 pic.twitter.com/IjTWEILa2i
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) September 12, 2021
The stadium even made a donation to the Humane Society of Greater Miami in the cat’s honor.
We are happy that due to the heads up nature of fans in sections 107, 110 & 208 the cat landed safely after a harrowing fall. We wish the cat the best in his remaining eight lives.
— Hard Rock Stadium (@HardRockStadium) September 12, 2021
h/t: [The Dodo]