‘The stuff of legends’: Harrowing footage captures falling cat being caught in US flag inside stadium

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Thanks to the American flag, a very lucky cat survived a precipitous fall from the upper deck of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during a game Saturday between the Miami Hurricanes and Appalachian State Mountaineers.

Video footage of the cat’s stunning fall shows it hanging from the bottom of the upper deck, trying desperately to climb back up as a crowd of shocked onlookers shriek in horror.

Seconds later, it loses its right-hand grip and begins to fling its right claw in abject terror. A couple more seconds later, it loses its left-hand grip and begins to tumble to the ground as the crowd screams.

But then THIS happens:

If you look closely, you’ll see that as the cat was hanging from the upper deck, a couple folks directly underneath it were holding out a flag like a personal safety net.

Look:

The flag reportedly broke the cat’s fall.

Amazingly, the flag’s presence at the game was no coincidence.

Its owner, University of Miami facilities manager Craig Cromer, and his wife, Kimberly Cromer, have for the past seven years straight always hung “an American flag over the railing right in front of their seats,” according to the Miami Herald.

But they never expected that their flag would one day be used to save a cat’s life.

“Once the Cromers realized what was happening, they sprung into action. Craig ripped his flag free from his zip-ties, and he and his wife stretched it out to create a landing pad for the terrified cat,” the Herald reported.

“They stood there for about two or three minutes, Craig estimated, while the cat peed on the fans below.”

“It seemed like it took forever,” Craig told the Herald.

It can certainly feel that way when a cat is peeing on you.

However, the man you see in the close-up video below holding up the cat isn’t Craig:

“Eventually, the cat lost its grip and tumbled down toward the suite level. The Craigs’ flag did just enough to break the fall and let a group of students in the section below grab it as it fell to the ground,” according to the Herald.

“The entire corner of the stadium in Miami Gardens, right by Miami’s tunnel, erupted in cheers as one student raised the cat in the air like it was Simba, from ‘The Lion King.'”

According to disturbed critics on Twitter, holding up the cat like Simba was a form of animal abuse equivalent to rape.

No joke.

Look:

*facepalm*

Hilariously enough, Miami coach Manny Diaz reportedly didn’t even learn about the cat’s rescue until after the game.

“I don’t know anything about that or what was going on. But 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,” he said.

What’s strange about what happened is that it’s the second time within the span of a month that a cat has made a name for itself in a sports stadium.

Early last month, a cat popped up at Yankee Stadium during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, prompting the ground crew to give chase.

But stunningly, the cat managed to keep evading the ground crew, exciting the crowd in the process.

Watch:

The most famous stadium cat incident happened during a game at the MetLife stadium in 2019 between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Whiskers, as the cat is apparently named, “burst onto the scene during the second quarter,” “juked the security guards, confused the groundspeople and delayed play while she flirted with the end zone,” as reported by Sports Illustrated.

“She exhibited perfect form, tensing her haunches and tucking her little kitty paws beneath her fuzzy tummy as she leapt—floated, rather—across the turf.”

Watch:

TOUCHDOWN!

Vivek Saxena

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