Cat Survives Fall From Speeding Car

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Joanne Smith of Basildon, England was rushing down a divided highway on her way to a funeral when she heard a thud and saw something black tumble from the back of her car.

“The A-road was really busy and I had gone to the outside lane to overtake a lorry,” Smith told The Mirror.  “Out of the corner of my eye I saw something black fall from the bottom of my car. I thought it was a plastic bag but then it rolled and rolled and got to its feet and I realized it was a cat.

“Then suddenly I had the awful realization that it was my cat and she must have been under the car.”

Smith immediately pulled over and phoned family to come help find Bella, her beloved two year-old pet. “Luckily she had just stayed in the central reservation and when I got to her she was shaking and meowing,” she said. “My brother somehow stopped the traffic and I picked her up and took her to the vet.”


Joanne had been driving for about 10 minutes and estimated that the cat clung to her car for four miles.  She was traveling at 65mph when Bella fell from her vehicle.

“I don’t know where she would have been under the car, she has never done it before.”  Smith added, “Now I always make sure she is in the house before I go out and I won’t drive anywhere unless I know she is inside.”

Cherrydown veterinary surgeon Sammi DeCosta, who looked after Bella said, “Bella is a very lucky cat. When she was brought into us she was understandably a little shaken. We carried out X-rays and tests but she didn’t have any broken bones and just required a minor stitch-up and some pain relief.

“We think she’s definitely used up one or two of her nine lives.”


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