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Lesson 9

Flying cats

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  • Lesson 9
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  • Flying cats
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  • How do cats try to protect themselves when falling from great heights?
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  • Cats never fail to fascinate human beings.
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  • They can be friendly and affectionate towards humans,
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  • but they lead mysterious lives of their own as well.
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  • They never become submissive like dogs and horses.
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  • As a result, humans have learned to respect feline independence.
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  • Most cats remain suspicious of humans all their lives.
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  • One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives.
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  • Apparently, there is a good deal of truth in this idea.
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  • A cat's ability to survive falls is based on fact.
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  • Recently the New York Animal Medical Centre made a study of 132 cats over a period of five months.
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  • All these cats had one experience in common:
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  • they had fallen off high buildings,yet only eight of them died from shock or injuries.
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  • Of course, New York is the ideal place for such an interesting study,
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  • because there is no shortage of tall buildings.
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  • There are plenty of high-rise windowsills to fall from!
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  • One cat, Sabrina, fell 32 storeys, yet only suffered from a broken tooth.
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  • 'Cats behave like well-trained paratroopers,' a doctor said.
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  • It seems that the further cats fall, the less they are likely to injure themselves.
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  • In a long drop, they reach speeds of 60 miles an hour and more.
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  • At high speeds, falling cats have time to relax.
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  • They stretch out their legs like flying squirrels.
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  • This increases their air-resistance and reduces the shock of impact when they hit the ground.
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