Cat in Alaska Survives 11-Story Fall

Wasabi suffered a fractured leg and broken bones

By Justin Ray
|  Saturday, Sep 7, 2013  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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A house cat in Alaska may have used one of her nine lives after falling 11 stories from an apartment building.

The 2-year-old cat named Wasabi was chasing a mosquito in her owners' apartment in downtown Juneau on Monday. The mosquito escaped out a window, and Wasabi went after it.

The cat survived the plunge, however, she suffered a fractured leg and broken bones.

The owener, Stephanie Gustafson, said her mother witnessed the fall. 

When Gustafson got to Wasabi, she saw that her cat was bloody and soaked from the rain.
 
Gustafson called an emergency veterinary clinic and managed to get midnight X-rays performed on Wasabi, The Juneau Empire reported.
 
The cat fractured her radius and broke some bones in her elbow. Wasabi returned for an operation two days after the fall.
 
She now has pins and wires in her fractured leg and broken bones in a joint. She also wears a bright pink cast.
 
Gustafson said Wasabi is expected to heal in about six weeks, according to The Juneau Empire.

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