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One life down, 8 to go: Cat survives 11-story fall from apartment

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The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn / AP

In this Sept. 5, 2013, photo, Stephanie Gustafson holds her 2-year-old female cat, Wasabi, after returning from the veterinarian 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.

JUNEAU, Alaska — 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 also is sporting a pink cast.

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

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