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Cat saves toddler's life from dog, honoured with first pitch at baseball game
AP
Bakersfield, May 21, 2014
First Published: 19:27 IST(21/5/2014)
Last Updated: 19:44 IST(21/5/2014)

A cat that became famous for saving a central California boy from a dog attack threw the first pitch Tuesday night at a Bakersfield Blaze minor league baseball game - or at least she tried.

The cat, named Tara, was captured on security camera on May 13 when she pounced on a dog that attacked her 4-year-old human Jeremy Triantafilo.

The video, which has garnered 21 million views on YouTube, shows the dog biting and attempting to drag the boy. Within seconds, Tara leaps out and chases the canine away.

Jeremy needed 10 stitches in his left leg after the incident.

Ryan Triantafilo, Jeremy's father, said he edited the video and posted it on YouTube for family and friends to see and that he never anticipated the flood of attention.

Ryan Triantafilo helps Tara the cat throw the pitch as he held her in his arms before the Bakersfield Blaze baseball game game at Sam Lynn Ballpark Tuesday night in Bakersfield, Calif. (AP photo)


Tara, who followed Triantafilo and his wife, Erica, home from the park one night, has been smothered with love since her heroics.

"We've just given her a lot of love, kept her in the house and paid a lot of attention to her," he said.

There was a failed attempt at the game, between the Blaze and the Lancaster JetHawks, to have Tara "throw" the pitch using a baseball attached to a fishing line.

Tara might have been nervous, so Ryan Triantafilo helped the cat throw the pitch as he held her in his arms.

Meanwhile, Jeremy, ever grateful to his feline buddy, threw the game's actual ceremonial first pitch.

Hero cat Tara, held by owner Roger Triantafilo, leaves with son Jeremy Triantafilo and mom Erica Triantafilo after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before the start of Bakersfield Blaze and Lancaster Jayhawks Single (Reuters photo)



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