Brookline cat plummets 9 stories from apartment balcony, survives cold night with critical injuries
Simba, a cat belonging to a Brookline family, fell off the balcony of a ninth-floor apartment on Halloween and miraculously lived to tell the tale, despite suffering from several critical injuries, including fractured legs and a shattered jaw.
Simba, a Siberian cat who was nearly two years old, was back in the hospital Thursday for a checkup and a bandage change, the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center said in a statement.
Victoria Jardus, Simba’s owner, told veterinarians her cat was outside on her apartment’s balcony under Jardus’s mother’s watch when, at some point, he fell all the way down to the concrete patio at ground level, the statement said.
Simba laid at the bottom of 1111 Beacon St. all night, the statement said, enduring temperatures that fell into the twenties.
Jardus found him the next morning and rushed him to the animal hospital.
“Simba was in shock when he first arrived and it’s quite miraculous that he survived at all,” said Dr. Virginia Sinnott of Angell’s emergency and critical care unit. “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.”
Simba’s suffered fractures to his front and rear right legs, a shattered jaw, nearly-ruptured lungs, multiple lacerations, and blood in his abdomen, the statement said.
Simba spent eight days in the animal hospital receiving treatment. Veterinarians applied splints to his legs, while his jaw fractures healed on their own, the statement said.
Six weeks later, Simba continues to recover.
“He is through the worst of it and for that we’re so grateful,” Jardus said. “We came so close to losing him, and I’m overjoyed to see him improve a little each day.”
Sinnott said she expected to see Simba for the next two weeks to ensure he recovers as completely as possible, but Simba has been walking, breathing, and eating well, the statement said.
It’s extraordinary for a cat to survive such a high fall because “many pets die from falling from windows or patios that are not even half as high,” Dr. Emily Ulfelder of Angell’s surgery team said in the statement.
“He is so lucky to have landed the way that he did, as the fall alone could easily have killed him,” Ulfelder said. “As for surviving a frigid night alone, outside and in such pain, it’s fair to say he used at least one or two of his nine lives!”