Football Fans Catch and Save a Cat Falling From a 50-Foot Stadium Balcony

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.

The stadium even made a donation to the Humane Society of Greater Miami in the cat’s honor.

h/t: [The Dodo]

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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