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Cat recovering after 80-foot drop

Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

MARION, Mass., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Veterinarians in Massachusetts said a cat is recovering from pulled muscles after falling 80 feet from a tree.

Dr. Rachel Francis of the Marion Animal Hospital said Wednesday the cat, dubbed "Fortunate," is receiving treatment for pulled muscles and a possible parasitic infection after she was trapped Tuesday, two days after she fell 80 feet from a tree when firefighters cut the branch she was perched on in a rescue attempt, The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard Times reported Thursday.

"I don't see anything wrong with this cat; it's unbelievable," Francis said of the cat's miraculous lack of serious injuries.

Francis said no owners have come forward for Fortunate yet, but staff members said her behavior indicates she was a pet and not a feral animal.

The veterinarian said the cat will go up for adoption in about six weeks if no owner is found.

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