Four floors up, a young neighbouring cat decided to go exploring, or perhaps to assert an extrovert nature, felt a compulsion to show off.
|Acrocat ... This amazing neighbourhood cat shows off its extrovert nature by squeezing out of the window on the right, walking a tight-rope of a very narrow sill ...|
|... but he can't squeeze through the main window - it's not open sufficiently.|
|The only way to avoid cat-astrophe is to climb up the edge of the partly open window to the vent above. Which he does and squeezes miraculously through.|
|Suicide averted ... A companion moggy notes the mighty drop, the way one wrongly placed paw would have taken him.|
He was four floors above almost instant death.
The window gave way to pure air, or as pure as this part of Surbiton can offer. The sill has no retaining edge, no verandah a floor below, no pot plants nor shelves.
My toast was forgotten as I watched the cat peer over the edge, seem to judge the chances, and then just squeezed out of the window, and walked somewhat uncertainly along the very narrow sill to the adjoining window.
Walking a tightrope
Fortunately, no morning dew lingered from dawn. We hadn't have a shower for many days. The temperature certainly didn't give frost a look in.
And out of sight of the owners, watched by a fellow pet cat in the flat, the brave fellow walked the tightrope to the next window.
Somehow he made it safely.
Unfortunately though, the next window was opened scarcely wide enough to allow fresh through. The sill was far from wide enough to allow the cat to turn around. Fortunately, he didn't try to reverse back the way he had so bravely come.
The window his nose was pressed against was far from open enough to allow him to through through. The dare-devil looked up and noticed that the adjoining venting window was opened slightly.
It needed a perilous climb straight up. The only alternative was a very long drop down to the road.
Its nine-lives bonus
Whether or not the courageous cat been told of its nine-lives bonus, he measured the distance in that amazing way cats can ... and climbed with his claws up the jutting window edge. Did the critter hold his breath? I certainly did.
He reached the venting window, somehow squeezed his head in and prised it wider. He slipped through, bringing an amazing performance to an end.
Perhaps to gauge the amount of applause which courage alone deserved, a companion cat came to the first window and looked over the side at the enormous drop. You could almost hear the creature catch its breath.
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