Every once in a while, I come across a ‘wtf were you thinking?’ item. One such absurdity is an honor being given to a cat. And, not just any cat, this ferocious feline is a family’s ‘guard cat’. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it’d be great if the kitty got the keys to the city, had a day proclaimed in it’s honor, or was given an official citation for bravery. And, in fact, the Cat Fanciers’ Association reportedly plans to honor the fearless feline with its first ever “Cat Hero Award”. However, as you will read, not all honors given are appropriate, or are well thought out.
The cat in question is seen below, saving a little boy from a serious mauling, or worse, on May 13th when the boy was attacked in his family’s driveway in southwest Bakersfield, California.
The remarkable surveillance video shows the boy playing on his bicycle, when a neighbor’s Labrador-Chow mix sneaks up behind him, chomps down on his leg, and starts trying to drag him away. Furious, Tara, the family’s cat, ferociously attacked the dog and chased it back to it’s own yard. The boy’s mother told 23ABC that the boy needed a few stitches, but he is doing fine. Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs told media that the dog was surrendered voluntarily by its owner, and will be quarantined for 10 days before it’s put down (presumably to watch for signs of rabies), noting that “it’s not adoptable, for obvious reasons”.
Now, to the honor that make’s one give their head a shake. The Bakersfield Blaze baseball team (the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) has since reached out to the cat’s owners, hoping to get Tara to make the ceremonial first pitch at a game next week. Yep, you read that right. Okay, I reckon that cats are capable of many amazing things (I know our two sure as heck are), but even picking up a baseball would be an act worthy of winning America’s Got Talent. However, cocking one back and chucking it sixty feet, six inches with any degree of accuracy, well now, that would be just downright miraculous!
Seriously? What in the heck were they thinking? To get a cat to come when called within a week is a feat worthy of praise and recognition. Teaching it to throw a baseball in a week would make you a modern day Dr. Dolittle. A spokesperson for the team told TMZ.COM that the owner of the cat has accepted the offer, and Tara (along with the boy she saved) will take the mound to throw out the first pitch on May 20th.
Now by golly, if you thought the first Tara video was simply awesome (like I did), I reckon this next one is a’going to be one that I have just got to see!