Jordan Smith, owner of Let’s Fish Destin Charters, has seen many odd and rare fish as part of his line of work chartering fishing trips off the coast of northwest Florida.
But he was not prepared for what he saw Thursday as he was out on his boat fishing in Destin Harbor.
Smith spied a small black object fall into the water off a nearby bridge.
“At first I thought it was like a trash bag, with some trash in it,” Smith said according to the Huffington Post.
Smith moved to investigate, and as he got a little closer he realized it was an animal. At first he thought it was an otter, but then saw it was not a strong swimmer. He came closer still, and when he finally made out the shape of the head, his heart skipped a beat—it was a cat, and it looked terrified.
“She was swimming toward me, like, ‘Oh, human, save me!’” Smith said according to the Huffington Post.
Smith obliged; he dipped his net into the water, and, in what was probably one of his most unique catches yet, lifted the black little furball, now named Miracle, out of the water.
“She latched ahold of me and didn’t want to let go,” Smith said. “She was just staring at me the whole time.”
To his shock, someone had apparently thrown a pregnant cat off the 56-foot bridge.
Smith does not think it was possible for Miracle to have just slipped off the bridge. Given that cats can normally right themselves if they fall, and this cat had appeared to be spinning down into the water, Smith believes that someone must have thrown her.
After the rescue, Smith reported the incident to the police, but there was too little evidence to lead to any suspects or arrests; the case was listed as ‘inactive,’ according to the Huffington Post.
Still, it is lucky that Smith was in the right place at the right time, and surely Miracle must also have been grateful.
After she was sent to the vet, they discovered that she was pregnant. Unfortunately, perhaps due to the trauma of the event, the cat eventually miscarried the kittens.
Smith hopes that once the cat is released, he can adopt her.
That is, of course, if his dog—who Smith labels his ‘princess’—gives him the okay.
“The last time I had my dog around a cat, the cat chased my dog around,” Smith said according to the Huffington Post.