(CATS/ANIMAL HEROES) Just one more (of the many) compelling reasons to adopt a homeless animal—they could end up saving your child. That’s what Tara, the “Hero Cat” from Bakersfield, did for her family’s little boy Jeremy. The loyal pet roared to the four-year-old’s rescue after a neighborhood dog attacked him.
Now the courageous little feline, adopted six years ago by the Triantafilo family, is getting an All American tribute. She’ll be throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s home game of the Bakersfield Blaze, a minor league baseball team in California.
Fans discovered Tara’s heroism after surveillance video capturing the selfless kitty’s bravery went viral. The astounding video blew-up the Internet, showing the world how a pet’s devotion is boundless. Read below for more on Tara the “Hero Cat’s” courageous act. — Global Animal
Los Angeles Times
Tara the cat, made famous in a YouTube video that shows it saving a 4-year-old boy from a dog attack in Bakersfield, has been tapped for another duty: throwing the ceremonial first pitch at a local minor league baseball game.
Video footage of the cat ramming into and then chasing off the next door neighbor’s dog as it attacks the boy’s ankle went viral this week after it was posted by the boy’s father, Roger Triantafilo. Since then, Tara the cat has become a local hero, and will do the honors — with an assist from the Triantafilos — at a Bakersfield Blaze game on May 20.
Caught on what appears to be security surveillance video, footage of the incident has racked up millions of views on YouTube within the last few days. It starts with the dog wandering near the family SUV in the driveway where 4-year-old Jeremy is riding his tricycle. A few seconds later, the dog suddenly comes around the SUV and attacks Jeremy’s ankle, pulling him from the bike.
Within seconds, Tara the family cat sprints into view and rams into the dog before chasing it away from Jeremy.
Soon after, the cat returns to the boy as he is aided by his mother.
Jeremy, who received stitches for a deep bite wound on his leg, hailed the cat’s save in an interview with KERO-TV Channel 23 in Bakersfield.
”Tara is my hero,” he told the station.
In an interview with “Inside Edition,” his father agreed, calling Tara a hero for putting “herself first.”
Read the full LA Times article here: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tara-cat-minor-league-game-pitch-20140516-story.html