Cat in Southern China survived ten story fall but left paralyzed

A cat named Hei Hudie (Black Butterfly) underwent four surgeries over five months after he feel ten stories from a high rise building.

China: Cat fell ten stories
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China: Cat fell ten stories. The photo was taken in the hospital where he was treated. Photo: Getty Images.

The story unfolded in the southwest of China in Chongqing municipality. The photo tells us he survived but was severely injured. Both hind legs are paralyzed.

They built one of those classic hind leg wheelchairs. We see them a lot in America but this is the first time I have seen a cat in China using one.

This is a nice and, I feel, a rather unusual story because I tend to associate southern China with the cat meat industry and ill-treatment of cats. This is the opposite except for what I’ll presume was carelessness in allowing this cat to be placed in a position of danger before falling. Although we don’t know what happened so it could have been an innocent accident.

The cat as we can see is a calico (tortie-and-white). Therefore she is female. We know that cats falling from a great height reach a relatively low terminal velocity which saves their lives. Falling from a lesser height can result in more severe injuries because the breaking effect of fanning out the body is less effective. Also we all know that cats fall on their feet using the self-righting mechanism.

Update: There is a link to a video on the comments. I can’t watch it. No way. But a kind person has emailed me and mentioned this:

“The way they’ve tried to actually save the cat is awful with a broom and then recording what’s happened when they could have actually left the cat and the cat could have hopped onto the ledge, the least they could have done is gotten someone to go down to catch it or to lay something on the floor.”

So, it seems that there was a careless attempt to save the cat that went wrong and the cat fell.

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14 Responses

  1. Salman says:

    All of his siblings died shortly after birth he was the lucky one
    That picture attached twice by accident of the man mentioning its only a cat but the guys defo a sick demented evil twisted weird cun*

  2. Salman says:

    All of his brothers and sisters sadly passed away he was the only survivor

  3. Salman says:

    Cats are like precious gifts from god the way we look after our cat it’s like he’s basically a human he nearly died after birth the owner gave him away without letting us no that he had a serious eye infection ear infection and teeth infection and I think he also had a nose infection he was very close to going blind but we took him to the vet long enough the way my mum and sister hold him it’s absolutely adorable

  4. Salman says:

    Fast asleep on my lap,
    Now that’s how you look after a cat ,
    We’ve all loved him since day 1 ,
    Hope butterfly gets the same love

  5. Salman says:

    I can’t imagine that happening to our little baby he’s nearly 2 years old now but I remember when he was a kitty if I wasn’t a child when this happened I would honestly have loved to adopt that cat and look after him i hope his owners love him and look after him as much as we have done to ours

  6. Salman says:

    Sick twisted evil weird cu** I tried to reply to his post but the sections been banned from posting more comments on who would be that evil to not feel anything for an innocent animal I’m Muslim and we adore cats there’s a story in the quran of a prostitu** feeding a cat water a thirsty cat that no one fed and was abandoned and God entered her into paradise and forgave her entire sin line despite her life being filled with sin that cat was a precious gift from God I hope whoever caused its misery rots in hell for eternity

  7. Salman says:

    Question marks were love hearts but this website don’t accept hearts but what a sad story I hope that cat got a good family home and was looked after absolutely heart breaking

  8. Salman says:

    Absolutely heart breaking ,,vid:XGOMOlXCXBQ

    This video link I think is the same cat,
    I hope God blesses that cat with a peaceful happy life and that he has use of his legs back after living a happy long life and then returning to her former self in paradise
    I can’t imagine how painful it must of been I hope she found a loving home I would take him in if he was In England he could of played with our cat mittens I’d look after him and clean him i wouldn’t mind he’s adorable little cutie may god bless him ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Thanks for your comments, Salman. I can’t watch the video. It will be too upsetting for me. In fact, I don’t think anyone should watch an animal cruelty video as it sticks in the mind. There is a lot of cat cruelty in the world sadly. Humans can be horrible sometimes.

  9. Sandra Murphey, No. CA, USA says:

    I too am surprised to see that they helped this cat in China, a land where they eat cats and dogs.

    • This is what caught my eye. It gives me hope that attitudes are slowly changing for the better in China. There is still a lot of cat meat but there are active animal rights advocates in China nowadays who hijack trucks laden with cats for the meat market. This has happened a few times. Good to see. A gradual enlightenment, let’s say.

      • Michele S. says:

        From what I’ve read on-line, the poor cat was stepped on before being thrown off the 9th floor of the building 🙁

        The good news is that lots of people in China do care about animals and one anonymous lady donated £1,100 towards the cost of surgery for Hei Hudie. Apparently this little cat has touched the hearts of many and they are already hopeful of finding a loving home for her in the not too distant future.

        • God, I didn’t for a minute think that the cat was thrown off the 9th floor. Horrendous. But as you say it is not all bad. There are some genuinely decent cat lovers in the China. There needs to be more. Thanks for researching that info.

          • Michele S. says:

            I was originally looking to discover who was the “loving” owner that had spent thousands on surgery, when I came across the horrible truth 🙁

            So often we hear that Chinese people have a callous attitude towards animals. It’s heartwarming to know that someone cared enough to take her to the vets and so many people have donated money towards the bills.

            China has long been closed to Western media, so perhaps there are many more animal supporters than we’d been aware of. Things are changing though. Youtube is one medium where many Asian people proudly share clips of their beloved cats.

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