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Lucky cat in Juneau falls 11 stories, survives

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Stephanie Gustafson holds her two-year-old female cat, Wasabi, after returning from the veterinary hospital in Juneau, Alaska. The cat survived a fall from the 11th floor of the Mendenhall Apartment building after chasing a mosquito out the window. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)

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By The Associated Press
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 7:57 p.m.

JUNEAU — A house cat in Alaska learned the hard way not to chase mosquitoes after following one out a window and falling 11 stories.

The 2-year-old cat, named Wasabi, survived but suffered a fractured leg and broken bones.

The Juneau Empire reports the cat was chasing the mosquito Monday in her owners' apartment in Juneau, about two blocks from the state Capitol.

The mosquito escaped out a window, and Wasabi went after it. Stephanie Gustafson says her mother watched the female cat fall.

Wasabi landed in a parking lot, and Gustafson found her huddled nearby, bloody and wet from rain.

The cat underwent an operation and has pins and wires holding together her fractured leg and broken bones in a joint. She is sporting a pink cast.

Gustafson says Wasabi is expected to heal in about six weeks.

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