HEROIC college football fans leapt to the rescue of a stray cat as it plunged from the tier above by using an American flag to break its fall.
The cat was spotted having somehow scaled the upper deck of Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the University of Miami and Appalachian State.
Video shows the cat clinging desperately to stadium dressing as it twists and turns high above the shocked spectators below.
With a single claw securing its grip on the stadium's edge, the cat frantically tries to clamber back to safety.
But seconds later the cat loses its grip, missing the outstretched arms of would-be rescuers above before plunging into the shrieking crowd beneath it.
Terrified onlookers in the stadium's hospitality boxes will surely have been fearing the worst as the cat dropped before their eyes.
But among the frenzy, a group of quick-thinking fans had readied themselves with the Stars & Stripes to break the cat’s fall as it lost its shaky grip.
The fans unfurled their flag in the nick of time to break the cat's fall as it hurtled towards the seating below.
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“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',” said Craig Cromer, who with his wife Kimberly brings an American flag to each University of Miami home game.
“This is my first catch,” Cromer joked to the Miami Herald.
After free-falling from the upper tier, the cat bounced off the Cromers’ flag before it was scooped up by a group of students who prevented it from causing further mayhem.
One clip on Twitter shows the fans holding the cat aloft like Simba from the Lion King to the cheers of the crowd below.
The cat was eventually taken away by a stadium security guard with all of its nine lives still intact.
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