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Miami: Cat-astrophe avoided as fans catch falling feline with flag during American football game |  US News

A cat was rescued by fans during an American football game in Miami after diving about 30 feet from an upper deck at Hard Rock Stadium.

Video footage showed the black and white feline apparently hooked by its claws to fabric at the front of the bridge after getting stuck during the first quarter of Saturday’s college game between No.22 Miami and the State of Appalachia.

He fell about nine meters to the lower level of the stadium, where fans used an American flag as a makeshift net to catch him safely.

“They were trying to grab it from above and they couldn’t reach it, but they scared it from the bottom,” said Craig Cromer, director of facilities at the University of Miami and a season ticket holder. who, along with his wife Kimberly, brings the flag. in every home game.

“He just stood there for a little while with his two front paws, then one paw, and then I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s coming soon’.”

Mr Cromer lifted the flag from the railing and the cat fell into it and was secured by the crowd before being taken away by stadium security.

Miami coach Manny Diaz, whose team won 25-23, said he found out about the incident after the game and said: “I don’t know anything about it or what was going on.

“But I’ll tell you if the cat will help us in our attack in the red zone, I’ll see if we can give him a scholarship.”