Mighty Mouse may not be coming to save the day, and Underdog may be stuck changing out of his Shoeshine Boy clothes, but who needs cartoon characters when we have a real life super hero cat to put them both to shame?
The video, which was compiled from surveillance cameras surrounding a home in California, has to be seen to be believed (and, based on its over 7 million hits in 24 hours, may have to be seen over and over and over again). In it, a young boy is attacked by a neighbor’s off-leash dog, who knocks the boy off his bike and attempts to drag him across the ground.
The dog is thwarted, surprisingly, as a cat streaks across the yard, chasing the dog away. The boy’s mother runs into the picture soon after, comforting him as she picks him off the driveway.
“I’ve never seen a cat do that,” said Roger Triantafilo, the boy’s father, to a local ABC affiliate. “Especially ours. It just shows how much she really has a family-oriented mind set.”
The cat, who’s name is Tara, isn’t just a hero, as the internet quickly dubbed her. She’s a superstar now, too. She’s already made an appearance on national television via ABC News, which called her “a fearless fur ball ready to rescue a friend,” and she also was the subject of an interview on the Today Show, where the family couldn’t be more proud.
“Every once in a while she puts our dog back into her place, but for the most part, she’s just the most mellow cat you’ve ever met,” Erica Triantafilo said to Today. “All our boys love her and pick on her occasionally. She just loves them right back anyway.”
That love apparently developed early on, as well. According to the ABC News interview, the cat “adopted the couple 5 years ago, following them home from the park one day,” and that when Jeremy, the boy in the video, was a baby, “she’d climb into the crib and curl up beside him.”
As for the dog that Tara managed to terrify away from the young boy, it was picked up by animal control after the incident and, according to TMZ, because it was so aggressive even afterward, the organization decided that in the interest of public safety that the dog must be put down.
Now that the young boy is recovering from his stitches, and Tara is becoming a public (furry) face, the question is what is next for the duo? Perhaps a Disney Channel crime fighting special or a buddy superhero show on the cartoon network? Whatever happens next, it sounds like Tara will be there to make sure no one takes advantage of her best friend.
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