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Caturday: Rochester, Massachusetts cat survives 8 days in a tree, 80-foot fall

by 1389AD ( 39 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Open thread at January 5th, 2013 - 12:08 pm
Cat named 'Fortunate' who survived an 80 ft. fall from a tree
In this Jan. 2, 2012 photo, Pam Robinson, founder of the It’s All About the Animals shelter, brings a stray cat to the Marion, Mass., Animal Hospital to have it checked. (AP Photo/The Standard-Time, Peter Pereira)

 
South Coast Today has the story:

Cat lucky to be alive after 80-foot fall from tree in Rochester

By MATT CAMARA
January 03, 2013 12:00 AM

MARION — Plummeting 80 feet from a tree might have cost Fortunate the cat one of her nine lives but, other than a couple of pulled muscles, a possible parasitic infection and lots of pent-up stress, veterinarians at the Marion Animal Hospital said Wednesday she was doing just fine.

“I don’t see anything wrong with this cat; it’s unbelievable,” veterinarian Dr. Rachel Francis said as she prodded every inch of the feisty feline. The cat, which evaded four rescue attempts earlier this week, tried three times to flee the exam room, once breaking out of the room and running down the hall, where a technician cornered her.

“She’s certainly a survivor,” Francis said.

It’s All About the Animals pet shelter founder Pam Robinson found Fortunate — a temporary name until someone adopts her — on New Year’s Day in a trap she set the day before to catch the poor puss.

The cat had vanished into the brush after falling out of a tree off Mary’s Pond Road in Rochester Sunday night when Marion firefighters cut the branch she had perched on for eight days.

Sunday night’s attempt came after three other unsuccessful tries to recover the cat by the Rochester Fire Department and local tree services.

“She’s not bad compared to how long she was out there,” Robinson said, referring to Fortunate’s condition.

No one has stepped up to claim the black, brown and white kitty but Robinson and Francis said there is little doubt Fortunate belonged to someone.

“Feral cats are cats that have been out in the wild; they don’t act like this,” Francis said as Fortunate nuzzled anyone who came close enough to the examination table.

Francis pegged Fortunate’s age at two years due to her lack of broken teeth and prescribed two weeks of isolation — in case she’s sick and contagious to other cats — and plenty of vitamins for the underweight kitty. Francis also said Fortunate is likely spayed but decided not to check for sure because that would involve shaving the cat’s stomach and stressing her out even more.

As for how she survived an 80-foot fall, Francis chalked it up to “high-rise syndrome,” a phenomenon in which cats falling from more than six stories have higher survival rates than those falling from two to five stories. Falling farther gives the cat time to right itself and land on its feet, Francis said.

Robinson, sporting her usual “Rescue a Friend” T-shirt, said she intends to keep Fortunate for at least six weeks to recover and regain weight before allowing anyone to adopt the cat.

But Robinson is not giving Fortunate away to just anyone. Interested families will need to submit an essay on why they should be able to take Fortunate home with them. Children interested in giving Fortunate a permanent name can also write to Robinson with their ideas.

Anyone interested in adopting Fortunate can write to It’s All About the Animals at 103 Marion Road, Rochester, MA 02770.

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39 Responses to “Caturday: Rochester, Massachusetts cat survives 8 days in a tree, 80-foot fall”
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  1. 1 | January 5, 2013 12:42 pm

    why did the firefighters cut the branch she was on?
    and then the article says she fell? uhm, no.


  2. darkwords
    2 | January 5, 2013 1:39 pm

    Adam Baldwin ‏@adamsbaldwin
    MT @fusionaddict “Nice trigger discipline, @SenFeinstein: ‘Less safe with a firearm than a six year old kid’.” -- pic.twitter.com/CkrD0WbN
    Retweeted by JCM

    Shows a child having gun safety common sense, feinstein having none.


  3. darkwords
    3 | January 5, 2013 1:42 pm

    Some fowl language at the start. but here is cats with guns. They all look like house cats to me. Not a macho feral cat like “fortunate” among them.


  4. darkwords
    4 | January 5, 2013 1:52 pm

    Lance Armstrong I’d separate the sport into a drug boosted league and a regular league of bikers. 95 percent would join the drug boosted one and get all the ad dollars. The reg bikers would be the amateurs on their own dime. Problem goes far beyond Lance.

    Maybe for each of his 7 titles they should secret ballot all the competitors for the top 10 drug abusers. And deny then the title based on inside knowledge. Or pretty much any biker that used the same personnel as armstrong did.

    I might end up being the defacto winner of all 7 races even though I don’t ride a bike anymore.


  5. heysoos
    5 | January 5, 2013 2:54 pm

    darkwords wrote:

    Some fowl language at the start. but here is cats with guns. They all look like house cats to me. Not a macho feral cat like “fortunate” among them.

    ferel cats are the very top of the line…jus sayin…I had a little female barn cat for 23 years and she could take care of herself, and still find moments here and there to be just another cat on your lap…I prefer as near wild as it gets….fat, lazy, declawed house cats are worthless


  6. Guggi
    6 | January 5, 2013 3:02 pm

    <

    a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/us/former-cia-officer-is-the-first-to-face-prison-for-a-classified-leak.html?emc=na “>Prison for a Classified Leak

    The first C.I.A. officer to be convicted of disclosing classified information to a reporter in more than six decades is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison on Jan. 25. John Kiriakou is to be sentenced as part of a plea deal in which he admitted e-mailing the name of a covert officer to a reporter.

    His prosecution, as well as five others, has been lauded on Capitol Hill as a long-overdue response to a rash of dangerous disclosures and defended by both President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

    Mr. Kiriakou is remorseful, up to a point. “I should never have provided the name,” he said.
    Supporters say Mr. Kiriakou neither intended to damage national security nor did so. Some see a dark paradox in the impending imprisonment of Mr. Kiriakou, who in a 2007 appearance on ABC News defended the C.I.A.’s use of desperate measures to get information but also said that he had come to believe that waterboarding was torture and should no longer be used.

    (…)


  7. Guggi
    7 | January 5, 2013 3:02 pm

    Link


  8. eaglesoars
    8 | January 5, 2013 3:02 pm

    Cat gets caught entering prison with saws and cell phone

    this is not a joke


  9. eaglesoars
    9 | January 5, 2013 3:11 pm

    You guys know Grumpy The Cat, right? Well, the cat’s real name is Tadar and she is really quite sweet.

    Meet Tadar.


  10. eaglesoars
    10 | January 5, 2013 3:29 pm

    Hey 1389AD -- this article might interest you. It’s about living abroad by someone who has tried it.

    Should you leave the USA before the collapse? Words of wisdom from someone who tried


  11. Bumr50
    11 | January 5, 2013 3:49 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    Nice article.


  12. Bumr50
    12 | January 5, 2013 3:51 pm

    Ew.

    ht -- WZ


  13. 13 | January 5, 2013 3:54 pm

    @ darkwords:

    Very good…


  14. heysoos
    14 | January 5, 2013 3:59 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    my extreme fallback refuge is down in Jamaica…I have land down there and some money stashed away with the JNB…but Jamaica has devolved into a fairly dangerous place where the most fire power is the safest scenario…I’m positive I could set up some weapons and backup but at what cost?…I know plenty of expats there that would help me out if I need to bail…whatever…on the other hand I really don’t want to get chased out of my beloved America because I think I’m being threatened…it’s a very tough choice…most expats are there for financial reasons and simple love of Jamaica, not because of political reasons…if there is a violent gun grab or other crisis, I want to be part of it, but I’m almost 61…time is short for me


  15. eaglesoars
    15 | January 5, 2013 4:01 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:

    Nice article.

    Um, he’s a bit ‘out there’ for my taste. he has some good ideas but going to Walmart, buying a lawnmower, using it for 3 mos and returning it to get your money back, thereby screwing ‘the matrix’ -- that kind of stuff doesn’t sit well with me.


  16. heysoos
    16 | January 5, 2013 4:03 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    Nice article.

    Um, he’s a bit ‘out there’ for my taste. he has some good ideas but going to Walmart, buying a lawnmower, using it for 3 mos and returning it to get your money back, thereby screwing ‘the matrix’ — that kind of stuff doesn’t sit well with me.

    it’s petty bullshit, a slap fight


  17. eaglesoars
    17 | January 5, 2013 4:08 pm

    @ heysoos:

    we have no ‘bug out’ plan. Given where we live -- Northern Virginia -- it would be an evac scene straight out of Independence Day. Our plan is to dig in. I’ve got a solar oven, working on some other things, like harvesting rain water for drinking, etc. We know this area. I have no desire to be a Stranger in A Strange Land. And like you, we’re not spring chickens. I’m 60, Hubby is 72. We’ll stay. It’s my job to see to it that we can do so well-provisioned -- in all senses of the word.


  18. eaglesoars
    18 | January 5, 2013 4:11 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    it’s petty bullshit, a slap fight

    True. But I am an unrepentant Capitalist. Walmart isn’t named ‘Rent-a-Tool’ for a reason.


  19. heysoos
    19 | January 5, 2013 4:16 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ heysoos:
    we have no ‘bug out’ plan. Given where we live — Northern Virginia — it would be an evac scene straight out of Independence Day. Our plan is to dig in. I’ve got a solar oven, working on some other things, like harvesting rain water for drinking, etc. We know this area. I have no desire to be a Stranger in A Strange Land. And like you, we’re not spring chickens. I’m 60, Hubby is 72. We’ll stay. It’s my job to see to it that we can do so well-provisioned — in all senses of the word.

    I’ve been hanging out in Jamaica for 40 years, off and on and I’ve lived there like a prince at different times…but my heart has never left America…my life has been a bit unusual, especially considering what’s typical for an American tourist, or homebody…but I think I may never see my second home again, if there is a fight, here, I want to be part of it…I want to see how things turn here before I split


  20. Bumr50
    20 | January 5, 2013 4:21 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    it’s petty bullshit


  21. heysoos
    21 | January 5, 2013 4:25 pm

    eaglsoars….
    I really appreciate your determination, your attitude to hang out and do the best you can…still alot of good Americans out there…almost makes me feel like a coward to flee the country…so I’ll stay, it’s my country too…if I have to die violently, I’d rather it be for some higher principle than grabbing a few bucks in Jamaica


  22. heysoos
    22 | January 5, 2013 4:31 pm

    @ Bumr50:
    I liked it…do it again bro


  23. eaglesoars
    23 | January 5, 2013 4:31 pm

    @ heysoos:
    We gave serious consideration to retiring in the US Virgin Islands some years ago. We just love it there. It didn’t take a whole lot of research to find out how utterly corrupt the gov’t is. So, we vacation there when we can but that will be the extent of it.


  24. heysoos
    24 | January 5, 2013 4:36 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ heysoos:
    We gave serious consideration to retiring in the US Virgin Islands some years ago. We just love it there. It didn’t take a whole lot of research to find out how utterly corrupt the gov’t is. So, we vacation there when we can but that will be the extent of it.

    I think it’s important for Americans to leave the country for vacation, business or what have you…if you can be honest with yourself and try to understand how other people can live in a far more repressed or restrictive, or simply poor country, then you become a better, more forgiving person…I really value humility and forgiveness


  25. heysoos
    25 | January 5, 2013 4:37 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ heysoos:
    We gave serious consideration to retiring in the US Virgin Islands some years ago. We just love it there. It didn’t take a whole lot of research to find out how utterly corrupt the gov’t is. So, we vacation there when we can but that will be the extent of it.

    it’s what’s in your heart, not where you live…you knew that


  26. Bumr50
    26 | January 5, 2013 4:44 pm

    @ heysoos:


  27. eaglesoars
    27 | January 5, 2013 4:45 pm

    Ok, this is one astonishing circus act you have got to watch -- it’s only a minute long, but it’s great fun (h/t freep)

    First, a beautiful coat and THEN………


  28. lobo91
    28 | January 5, 2013 5:15 pm

    Diane Feinstein is not impressed:

    Woman Shoots Intruder Who Broke In, Defends Her Children

    A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday.

    The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m. The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.

    But the man eventually found the family.

    “The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver,” Chapman told Channel 2′s Kerry Kavanaugh.


  29. eaglesoars
    29 | January 5, 2013 5:22 pm

    @ lobo91:

    Given that he actively LOOKED for her -- and let her see his face -- I don’t think stealing was the only thing on his to-do list.


  30. lobo91
    30 | January 5, 2013 5:26 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ lobo91:

    Given that he actively LOOKED for her — and let her see his face — I don’t think stealing was the only thing on his to-do list.

    Probably not.


  31. lobo91
    31 | January 5, 2013 5:34 pm

    Here’s a woman who could have used a gun:

    Slain woman warned judge: ‘I fear for my life’

    A woman whom police believe was murdered by her ex-husband previously warned a judge that he would kill her.

    The victim believed her ex-husband would attack her when he was released from prison. She even asked to have her words: “I fear for my life,” on the record.

    Channel 2’s Craig Lucie was there when suspect John Kristofak faced a judge at the Cobb County Jail on Thursday night, and was denied bond. Kristofak is also facing additional charges for violating his probation after he pleaded guilty in October to aggravated stalking and battery charges against his wife, Donna Kristofak.

    Allison Smith, with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, read through the transcript of Donna Kristofak’s words to another Cobb County judge on Oct. 12.

    “Wow! That’s incredible! She clearly told the judge that she was in fear for her life, and she wanted that on the record,” said Smith.

    Donna Kristofak told Judge Adele Grubbs that the temporary protective order she had against her husband didn’t keep him away the night he was arrested for aggravated stalking.

    The transcript reads as follows:
    Judge Adele Grubbs: “If he violates the order in this case, he gets picked up by the probation violation and put in jail immediately.”

    Donna Kristofak: “Yes, your Honor, I respect that and thank you for that. My fear is that I may not survive that.”


  32. AZfederalist
    32 | January 5, 2013 5:40 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    eaglsoars….
    I really appreciate your determination, your attitude to hang out and do the best you can…still alot of good Americans out there…


  33. Calo
    33 | January 5, 2013 5:44 pm

    the amendment would do two things to you,” the alert continues. “It would pick your pocket to pay for the confiscation and destruction of your own guns [and] It would ban more than 50 percent of the rifles and more than 80 percent of handguns owned by Illinois citizens.

    Illinois legislature holding surprise Sunday gun ban amendment vote


  34. AZfederalist
    34 | January 5, 2013 5:59 pm

    @ lobo91:

    I love feel-good stories. :-)


  35. AZfederalist
    35 | January 5, 2013 6:04 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ lobo91:

    Given that he actively LOOKED for her — and let her see his face — I don’t think stealing was the only thing on his to-do list.

    Probably not.

    Also a strong argument against magazine capacity limits. Five rounds wasn’t enough. If he had been hopped up on drugs, he may still have been able to cause harm.


  36. Calo
    36 | January 5, 2013 6:23 pm

    More infringement of our 2nd amendment rights o tap?

    In addition to potential legislative proposals, Biden’s group has expanded its focus to include measures that would not need congressional approval and could be quickly implemented by executive action, according to interest-group leaders who have discussed options with Biden and key Cabinet secretaries. Possibilities include changes to federal mental-health programs and modernization of gun-tracking efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

    Link


  37. lobo91
    37 | January 5, 2013 6:39 pm

    @ Calo:

    The ATF can’t even track the guns it sent to Mexico.


  38. AZfederalist
    38 | January 5, 2013 6:45 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Calo:

    The ATF can’t even track the guns it sent to Mexico.

    But you can bet they will be able to find every one in law abiding citizens’ hands


  39. 39 | January 5, 2013 9:11 pm

    @ heysoos:
    if you read the article (not implying you didn’t), you might come to agree that getting to Jamaica would be nearly impossible if the shit already hit the fan.


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