Tails of survival

Wasabi the miracle cat survives 11-story fall, dons pink cast

Sep. 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM ET

Image: Stephanie Gustafson holds her 2-year-old female cat, Wasabi
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Stephanie Gustafson holds her 2-year-old female cat, Wasabi, after a vet visit on Thursday. The cat survived a fall from the 11th floor of an apartment building in Juneau, Alaska on Monday after chasing a mosquito out the window.

A house cat in Alaska learned the hard way not to chase mosquitoes after following one out a window and falling 11 stories.

The 2-year-old cat, named Wasabi, survived but suffered a fractured leg and broken bones.

Image: Stephanie Gustafson holds her 2-year-old female cat, Wasabi, outside the apartment building where the cat fell from a window.
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
A loooooong fall: Wasabi the cat fell from the 11th floor of this apartment building.

The Juneau Empire reports the cat was chasing the mosquito Monday in her owners' apartment in Juneau, about two blocks from the state Capitol.

The mosquito escaped out a window, and Wasabi went after it. Stephanie Gustafson says her mother watched the female cat fall.

Wasabi landed in a parking lot, and Gustafson found her huddled nearby, bloody and wet from rain.

The cat underwent an operation, and has pins and wires holding together her fractured leg and broken bones in a joint. She also is sporting a pink cast.

Gustafson says Wasabi is expected to heal in about six weeks.

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