A cat found itself in an unwanted position – dangling off one of its paws from the façade of the upper decks of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida – during the Miami Hurricanes’ NCAA college football game on Saturday. However, fans at the venue were quick to react, using an American flag as a makeshift net to catch the feline as it fell to the lower levels.
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“They were trying to grab it from above and they couldn’t reach it but they were scaring it downward,” The Associated Press quoted Craig Cromer, a facilities manager at the University of Miami and Hurricanes season-ticket holder said.
“It hung there for a little while with its two front paws, then one paw, then I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s coming soon’,” Cromer, who with his wife brings an American flag to each game, added.
As they saw the cat was about to fall, Cromer and his wife quickly unhooked the flag from the ties used to keep it hooked to the railing and held it beneath the animal. The cat fell and bounced on the flag for a bit before the crowd from the nearby student section eventually secured it. The cat was finally taken away by the stadium’s security workers.
Miami coach Manny Diaz said he came to know of the incident after the game. “I don’t know anything about that or what was going on. But I’ll tell you, if the cat will help us in our red-zone offense I’m going to see if we can give it a scholarship,” he said.
There were no signs of injuries on the cat. “Strangest thing that’s ever happened at a game,” Kimberley Cromer said.
Miami defeated Appalachian State Mountaineers 25-23 in the game. They will next be in action on September 18, when they take on Miami State.