A cat in Boston is lucky to be alive after falling nine floors from a high-rise apartment then spending the night outside in subfreezing temperatures.
Simba lives in Brookline with the Jardus family. He was accidentally left outside on a patio on Halloween night when he fell. He suffered multiple leg fractures, a shattered jaw, and multiple other injuries. These prevented him from seeking shelter and he lay by the side of the building overnight before being found the next afternoon.
After surviving temperatures that fell into the twenties, the family rushed Simba to Angell Animal Medical Center where he spent eight days in the hospital.
Dr. Virginia Sinnott of Angell’s Emergency & Critical Care Unit explained his condition in an interview with WCVB News
“Simba was in shock when he first arrived and it’s quite miraculous that he survived at all. His temperature had dropped to 86 — as opposed to 100, which is the normal body temperature for a cat — and he suffered multiple injuries that could easily have killed him.”
It’s been six weeks since the fall that could have killed him and Simba is recovering from his injuries. Owner Victoria Jardus (whose daughter claims Simba) said they came so close to losing him and are happy he’s through the worst of it. The family is grateful to the critical care unit for saving his life.
Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, in the United States, and is a part of Greater Boston.