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Cat Survives 11-Story Fall While Chasing Mosquito

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File photo of a domestic cat playing.  (credit: Akimasa Harada/Getty Images)

File photo of a domestic cat playing. (credit: Akimasa Harada/Getty Images)

JUNEAU, Alaska (CBS Seattle/AP) — A house cat in Alaska learned the hard way not to chase mosquitoes after following one out a window and falling 11 stories.

The 2-year-old cat, named Wasabi, survived but suffered a fractured leg and broken bones.

The Juneau Empire reports the cat was chasing the mosquito Monday in her owners’ apartment in Juneau, about two blocks from the state Capitol.

The mosquito escaped out a window, and Wasabi went after it. Stephanie Gustafson says her mother watched the female cat fall.

“Normally I keep the windows closed because she’s so curious, but this time it was open just enough,” Gustafson told the paper.

Wasabi landed in a parking lot, and Gustafson found her huddled nearby, bloody and wet from rain.

“She was sitting in this corner and had her eyes closed a little bit,” Gustafson told the Juneau Empire. “She was really quiet. She wasn’t meowing in pain or anything.”

The cat underwent an operation, and has pins and wires holding together her fractured leg and broken bones in a joint. She also is sporting a pink cast.

“I thought maybe she had some internal injuries,” Gustafson went on to say. “I didn’t think she would survive.”

Gustafson says Wasabi is expected to heal in about six weeks.

“I’m going to have to keep her in a small area so she doesn’t play too much,” Gustafson added. “I’m just happy she’s alive. She’s like my little baby.”

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