Tara the Cat Rescues Four-Year-Old from Vicious Dog

Sensational security camera footage of a cat rescuing a four-year-old boy from a vicious dog attack continues to go viral around the world. Today Show reported, “Take a look at this video, captured by a security camera . . . four-year-old Jeremy is riding his bicycle in the family driveway, when the neighbor’s dog runs around a parked car and attacks the boy!”

 

Home surveillance video captured the streaking form of Tara the Cat, flying through the air as she drives off a dog who attacked her friend Jeremy.

Above: Home surveillance video captured the streaking form of Tara the Cat, flying through the air as she drives off a dog who attacked her friend Jeremy.

The video reveals a hurtling grey shape as a cat streaks into view, literally tackles the dog, knocking it off the boy, and chases him off the property. “But then, in a split second,” Today‘s narrator reported, “Jeremy’s pet cat Tara races to the rescue!”

In the video, we see Tara pursuing the dog until sure he is gone, then returning to Jeremy’s side, like a protective sentinel.

Jeremy’s mother, in an interview on Today Show, said, “I’ve never seen a dog just shake a child like that, so violently. I thought he had a hold of his pants. It wasn’t until I got there that I saw that, no, he had a hold of Jeremy!” Jeremy had deep bites on his leg that required ten stitches.

 

 

Although Tara and Jeremy’s mother were on hand, security camera footage was instrumental in understanding what exactly happened. Even Jeremy’s mother indicated it all happened too fast. In the playback, you can see how instantly Tara reacts to protect her friend Jeremy.

 

Security cameras installed at Jeremy's home helped the family piece together exactly what happened. Here, we see the neighbour's dog running up behind unsuspecting Jeremy. The video goes on to show the dog pulling Jeremy to the ground—and a split second later Tara the cat tacking the dog with a flying leap. Footage like this, valuable for both peace-of-mind and investigative purposes, is increasingly showing up on the internet, due in large part to inexpensive do-it-yourself home surveillance services such as iWatchLife.

 Above: Security cameras installed at Jeremy’s home helped the family piece together exactly what happened. Here, we see the neighbour’s dog running up behind unsuspecting Jeremy. The video goes on to show the dog pulling Jeremy to the ground—and a split second later Tara the cat tackling the dog with a flying leap. Footage like this, valuable for both peace-of-mind and investigative purposes, is increasingly showing up on the internet,  due in large part to inexpensive do-it-yourself home surveillance services such as iWatchLife.

“It was a definite surprise,” said Jeremy’s father, explaining how he felt when he played back the security video. “I didn’t know what had happened.” This was after they had rushed Jeremy to the hospital and settled down a little. “It was pretty amazing to see our cat take on a dog, and so selflessly put herself out there . . . That dog didn’t even know what hit him.”

“Does Tara have a lion complex?” asked the journalist from Today.

“Tara is a mellow cat normally. Our boys love her and she loves them right back,” said Jeremy’s mother.

“Tara the cat, she’s our hero too,” finishes the news interviewer.

In the news coverage, we see the very happy face of Jeremy, with Tara protectively on his lap. Tara’s face literally glares at the cameraman with tiger-like ferocity.

 

Jeremy poses for the news camera with hero Tara the cat on his lap. Tara saved Jeremy from a vicious dog attack.

 Above: Jeremy poses for the news camera with hero Tara the cat on his lap. Tara saved Jeremy from a vicious dog attack.

Tara, the very brave cat, is perhaps appropriately named. The word Tara, in most of Asia, is synonymous with “hero” or “protector.” [1]

Which just goes to show, heroism and compassion are not found only in human beings. In fact, Tara is not an anomaly. Companion animals frequently save their human companions and demonstrate genuine emotions, compassion and heroism. Police, anti-terrorism forces and fire departments frequently rely on dog heroes.

Animal Hall of Fame

Each year, the Purina Hall of Fame [2] inducts dozens of animal heroes who are responsible for saving their human companions, including many cats and dogs, horses and other pets. For 2014, the inducted heroes include:

  • Jake and Kyra, two German Shepherds who rescued their companion Lynn from a black bear [3]
  • Meskie, a seventeen-year-old cat, who rescued her elderly companion Chyrl from a house fire [4]
  • Brave Rocky, a seven-year-old dog, who dove into icy water to rescue two nine-year-old girls, who were being carried away on the swift current. [5]

 

Rocky on a walk with his companion, was inducted to the Purina Hall of Fame after the dog helped pull two girls from the icy waters of a river.

Above: Rocky on a walk with his companion, was inducted to the Purina Hall of Fame after the dog helped pull two girls from the icy waters of a river.

NOTES

[1] Tara (Wikipedia)

[2] Purina Hall of Fame

[3] Jake and Kyra, dog heroes 

[4] Video: Meskie’s Induction in Hall of Fame

[5] Rocky, the hero

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