[00:11.49]How do cats try to protect themselves when falling from great heights?
[00:18.75]Cats never fail to fascinate human beings.
[00:22.65]They can be friendly and affectionate towards humans,
[00:26.22]but they lead mysterious lives of their own as well.
[00:30.50]They never become submissive like dogs and horses.
[00:34.90]As a result,humans have learned to respect feline independence.
[00:40.28]Most cats remain suspicious of humans all their lives.
[00:45.42]One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives.
[00:53.23]Apparently,there is a good deal of truth in this idea.
[00:56.99]A cat's ability to survive falls is based on fact.
[01:02.00]Recently the New York Animal Medical Centre made a study of 132 cats over a period of five months.
[01:11.70]All these cats had one experience in common: they had fallen off high buildings,
[01:17.63]yet only eight of them died from shock or injuries.
[01:21.83]Of course,New York is the ideal place for such an interesting study,
[01:26.69]because there is no shortage of tall buildings.
[01:30.61]There are plenty of high-rise windowsills to fall from!
[01:34.59]One cat,Sabrina, fell 32 storeys,yet only suffered from a broken tooth.
[01:43.20]'Cats behave like well-trained paratroopers,'a doctor said.
[01:47.84]It seems that the further cats fall,the less they are likely to injure themselves.
[01:54.14]In a long drop,they reach speeds of 60 miles an hour and more.
[01:59.73]At high speeds, falling cats have time to relax.
[02:04.20]They stretch out their legs like flying squirrels.
[02:07.86]This increases their air-resistance and reduces the shock of impact when they hit the ground.