Updated: September 15, 2021 9:42:51 am
A cat in distress totally stole the limelight at a college football match in the US after it was seen precariously clinging off a ledge in the stadium as nervous onlookers tried to rescue it. A group of quick-thinking spectators were able to break the cat’s fall after it ended up falling off the upper deck. The incident was quite the highlight of the game, with fans rejoicing and cheering out loud after the rescue.
In videos going viral, the cat is seen dangling off what appears to be a banner put up on the stands at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Footage filmed by spectators showed a man trying to grab the animal from above, but in vain.
After a few nervous moments, the cat — now hanging on using just one paw — is seen falling to a lower deck. A group, however, manages to ease its landing.
— Yianni Laros (@Yiannithemvp) September 11, 2021
A video captured from another angle shows fans using an American flag as a safety net to catch the feline, before it was “raised like Simba”, with relieved fans breaking out in celebration.
— Hollywood (@DannyWQAM) September 11, 2021
Later, the stadium confirmed that the animal was safe, joking that it now had “eight lives left”. They added that a donation was made to the Humane Society Miami in the wake of the cat’s rescue and urged others to contribute as well.
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
The “heroes” were later identified as Craig and Kimberly Cromer, the husband and wife who used the flag to help the cat as it fell about 50 feet. “This, is my first catch,” the man told the Miami Herald.
It still remains unclear how the four-legged spectator turned up at the stadium for the Miami–Appalachian State game. However, it caught the attention of all including the commentators who did a play-by-play of the entire ordeal.
— VICTOR BERMUDEZ (@vicbermudez) September 11, 2021
Craig Cromer, is a facilities manager at the University of Miami, told the Associated Press that the poor cat bounced a bit off the flag. Eventually it was secured by some in the nearby student section before being taken away by stadium security.
Miami coach Manny Diaz, who learned about the crazy incident later, joked, “I’ll tell you, if the cat will help us in our red-zone offense I’m going to see if we can give it a scholarship.”
On social media, people couldn’t stop cheering for the heroes who saved the cat with many saying that they were glad the animal was not hurt.
An American flag was used to save a cat’s life at a football game on the 20th anniversary of 9-11.
Disney is already working on the movie rights. https://t.co/KBzHJEiqUc
— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) September 12, 2021
This cat did it – he brought America together. And grateful nobody spiked it. https://t.co/ZIemlboU3I
— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) September 12, 2021
8 lives left. https://t.co/6kDVRFl4So
— Kim Masters (@kimmasters) September 12, 2021
The cat scratching the absolute shit out of its rescuers might be the most cat thing ever. https://t.co/PUsZrKGRP7
This could’ve been catastrophic https://t.co/YWdLSExHcM
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) September 12, 2021
Cat fell like Mufasa but was held up like Simba! The Circle of Liiifffffe!!!
— Nailz /G\ (@DJNAILZ) September 12, 2021
dude made catch of the year then held the cat up like f’in Simba. what a legend pic.twitter.com/u4Euc1MMqd
— ryan 🛸 (@OTCeIIy) September 11, 2021
I don’t know what’s craziest here. The cat dangling from the stadium, the catch with the flag, or the Simba celebration at the end lol https://t.co/QP7Rk1O0vx
— Jacob Thomas (@jtthomas00) September 12, 2021
This is the most impressive Simba-ing of a cat I have ever seen. https://t.co/zSz7b0WAdX
— SmallCapSteve (@smallcapsteve) September 12, 2021
Let’s all do the guy who caught the cat a favor and scream and cheer while he’s holding a freaked out cat. 😂
— James Tucker (@Jaymez82) September 12, 2021
Biggest catch for Miami in 20 years
— Buckeye Empire (@BuckeyeEmpire) September 12, 2021
— J. (@ANerdInAHat) September 12, 2021
Poor little guy and thankfully it was a great outcome. 🥰🥰
— Sandy (@Skateordie416) September 12, 2021
Did the cat buy a ticket? How did the cat get to that point?
— Mike Kowal (@MikeKowal9) September 12, 2021
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