Cat roof-crashes the Olympic Games in Sochi

This cat did not gatecrash the Olympic Games but arrived via the ceiling. This news story may indicate that the facilities at the Winter Olympics are not as robust as they might be.

Cat falling through roof of skating arena at winter Olympics Sochi, Russia.

The Alder Arena Skating Center which seats 8000 people and which cost $30 million to construct was damaged by what appears to be a black cat that falls through the ceiling.

Perhaps the cat was initially in a ventilation shaft above what appears to be ceiling panels or perhaps the cat was simply walking along the other side of the ceiling panels.

Perhaps this cat was finding a warm place within the complex. In any event he or she fell through the ceiling which the video clearly shows.

The video was captured by security cameras and it was taken some time before the games opened.

However, as mentioned, it does raise some questions about the build quality of these games, which are the most expensive on record, either winter or summer.

I feel sorry for the cat who had a nasty fall from quite a height. I hope he or she was treated humanely and decency if she was captured. I would have some doubts about that, regrettably.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Michael,

    Awwww too bad the video was removed since that YouTube account was terminated. I wonder what the reasoning was for that decision.

    • That didn't last long did it? ;) This happens all the time which is why I take a screenshot and publish it in tandem.

  • What I have been left wondering, day after day, is how many are still being "cared" for, with Ingestible, inticing food laced with POISON...since Michael first alerted us to these horrid crimes, I have focused on this, rather than on my downhill schlussers. I have to interrupt my Olympic-loving friends to remind them of what these ferals and half-ferals, and nonferals have suffered due to Putin's et al government in Sochi. I am not impressed.

    That poor kitten/cat was most likely disoriented and hungry and ill.

      • Thanks, Michael. That link to your original concern, says it all. This is what apparently goes on in every country that feels self-conscious about their gov't.

        • I forget to state the obvious: the need to obliterate anyone [translated: cats and dogs and homeless people] who take up space in the public (mind's) eye when we have more important agenda.

      • Yes, Michael. I agree 100%. This cat [my point] probably did NOT escape being affected by the poison. This was in the news in Sochi, right? Do we all know how that cat is doing? (thanks for replying. hope that Charlie is doing well :) )

  • It looks like pretty shoddy construction to me.
    Truthfully, I hope the cat wasn't found for its own sake.
    I don't think anything humane would have been done with him.

  • It looked as if the cat ran away OK, probably very shocked though, I do hope he or she is alright.

  • I think the black cat was getting back at the powers that be for slaughtering so many of its kind in order to build the place. Good going kitty! I hope you are well.

    • Exactly Dorothy. I’m glad this one excaped the cull before the games. I hope he got away safely. I would imagine so.

      By the way - you are so very lucky to have such a wonderful photo of you and Marvin. It’s truly a great photo in all senses.

    • yea karma always comes back to those who were hurt. hopefully he/she is safe and not harmed good to see its a black cat

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