Although it is usually the playing arena where blockbuster action takes place and makes headlines, the moment of the match during a State University football game in Florida on Saturday night happened not on the football pitch but at stands where spectators were watching. A group of spectators showed great empathy, presence of mind and awareness to save a cat who was dangling from the upper deck of the stands but was caught safely by the fans in the lower deck.
While a fan at the upper deck did try to help by wanting to pull the animal back, it was somehow out of his reach and it looked only a matter of time before the cat would fall as it clung its claws to some type of fabric on the railing. Eventually, the cat did fell to the seats below but the kitty was caught by fans who held a US flag as a rescue trap for the animal. Heartwarming visuals from the incident show that fans and spectators are actually celebrating the cat being successfully rescued as if the team they were supporting in the match had won.
Check out the video of the incident here:
A report carried by NBC Miami reported that the flag belonged to season ticket holder Craig Cromer and his wife, Kimberly. Cromer, a University of Miami facilities manager, told the media that he and his wife untied the flag from the railing when they saw the cat clinging above them and then managed to make a makeshift trap to rescue the kitty.
"They were trying to grab it from above and they couldn't reach it, but they were scaring it downward," Cromer said as quoted by NBC Miami.
"It hung there for a little while with its two front paws, then one paw, then I was like, 'Oh, my goodness, it's coming soon,'" he added.
Multiple videos of the incident went viral on the Internet and it has been a talking point on social media.
Earlier on Monday, the International Cricket Council announced a special award for a dog who had invaded the pitch during All-Ireland T20 Women's Cup. They also named the dog named Dazzle as the "best fielder in Ireland cricket" while announcing the award.