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Important cat news from my state

Sent to me just now by my husband, with the note "in case you ever worry that a story you write is too weird."

Cat survives traffic, 70-foot fall from bridge, 600-foot Columbia River swim

The Associated Press

WENATCHEE -- A cat leaped from a pickup truck, scampered through bridge traffic, fell 70 feet into the chilly Columbia River and swam 600 feet to shore before being rescued, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society officials said.

The gray, longhair calico cat, which wore no collar or identification, "ate ravenously" at an animal shelter after the ordeal, Humane Society officer Jody White said.

"She's a nice kitty," White said Monday. "I just hope we can find out who she belongs to and get her back home or find her a new home."

Joi Singleton of East Wenatchee told The Wenatchee World she and her husband, Ron, were driving on U.S. 2 and U.S. 97 over the Odabashian Bridge on Sunday morning when they saw something come off a pickup a couple of car lengths ahead of them.

"We swerved out of the way and realized it was a cat," she said. "It got up and ran. People behind us swerved. It jumped the barrier to the other side of the highway and people there were swerving."

The full-sized white pickup kept going, Singleton said, and she and her husband were unable to get a license plate number before they got over the bridge. They exited the highway, then headed back across the bridge and stopped by the eastern end.

After walking onto the bridge and calling for the cat, they spotted it cowering in a small opening in a concrete barrier near the center of the span and called the Humane Society.

No sooner had two officers gotten the cat into a portable kennel than it jumped out "like a jack-in-the-box before we could secure the door" and leaped over the railing, White said.

"It was absolutely amazing, horrible but amazing, to see. It hit the water, went under, surfaced and was swimming like mad for all she was worth," she said.

White, her supervisor Rebecca Long and the Singletons ran to the end of the bridge and down the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail to the shore, where they cheered on the cat.

"Once it spun around in a current and we thought that was it," Singleton said. "Then this guy in a kayak came out of nowhere and started pushing it toward us. The officers got a noose around its neck and pulled it in."


I have known and loved many cats in my life, but I've long held the notion that 80% of cats are schizophrenic by nature. Stories like this one just go to prove it. (Yes, if asked, I'll proclaim myself more of a "dog person," but in truth all pets are too much work and so I don't have any at the moment; and besides, I have no interest in the cat-v.-dog wars that always result when I dare to say things like the above.)



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Nov. 8th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
oh wow, that's really hillarious!!

i can't believe it survived all of that....
Nov. 9th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
The "nine lives" part certainly seems to be true, eh?
Nov. 9th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Wow. Just, wow.

I've never been a cat person until our cat Chime got us. It seems that way, anyway. They totally are schizo, and that is the best part - countless amusement for the humans who know what to watch for.

There is this photo-sharing community I belong to, and one of the people I know there has a cat that probably would've totally done the same.

Nov. 9th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
In the interests of full disclosure, I've known plenty of dogs who were mind-numbingly dumb, and several cats who were highly entertaining in an almost clever type of way. But even the schizoid behavior is funny too, often. The flexibility of cats (as in that photo) often lends well to the humor. :)
Nov. 9th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
I've known really dumb cats and really smart ones, and the same goes for dogs.

I have this theory about babies, that really expands onto pets, as well.
I believe that there are NO dumb babies, and all babies are born geniuses. What happens to them later depends on how much their parents will dumb them down. I think it's the same with pets.
The smartest dog I knew (he was smart enough to have sense of humour and joke in his own dog way) had really dumb owners and he eventually ran away. Alternatively, one pretty intelligent family had a really dumb dog and eventually it moved out and started living with an old lady who was just as dumb and just as sweet as the dog.

I have pretty limited experience with cats, but I think it follows the same pattern.
Nov. 12th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness! That's stunning. I just had to read that one aloud to my parents. :-)

Talk about having nine lives, huh?
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
No kidding! Glad your family could enjoy it. :)
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