Fans rescue falling cat in dramatic scene at Hard Rock Stadium

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Thousands upon thousands of fans packed into Hard Rock Stadium Saturday to watch the University of Miami (looking to redeem themselves after getting annihilated by top-ranked Alabama last week) play its home opener against Appalachian State.

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The Hurricanes didn’t give their home faithful much to cheer about in the first half (they went to the break trailing 14-12), but the crowd came to life when fans noticed a cat dangling from the rafters. Anticipating a fall, a group of fast-thinking and extremely resourceful onlookers came to the cat’s rescue, providing a safety net in the form of an American flag.

The crowd erupted as the cat landed safely, miraculously surviving a fall from the upper deck. Stray cats turn up at sporting events on a fairly regular basis, but never has there been a feline encounter as dramatic as the scene that unfolded Saturday in Miami.

We’ve seen some truly reprehensible fan behavior this year, particularly in the NBA where Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving both had run-ins with reckless spectators, but this time, they saved the day. Amazingly, no one was harmed in the incident, except for all the people the cat peed on before it fell back to Earth.

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