Hero cat to throw baseball game's first pitch
The cat who saved her owner's four-year-old son from a vicious dog attack is to throw the first pitch at a baseball game next week.
The Bakersfield Blaze, a minor league Californian team, tweeted that fearless tabby Tara will be honoured at next Tuesday's game, though it is not clear how the team expect her to throw the ball.
The team's press spokesman, Dan Besbris, told Sky News: "I don't want to go into too much detail, but we do have a trick up our sleeves and the cat will complete a pitch, unless the cat freaks out and runs off the field.
"If the cat is willing to stay stationary, we'll get that ball from pitcher's mound to home plate."
Tara's bravery was captured on a home CCTV system and quickly went viral when the footage was posted on the internet.
Jeremy Triantafilo was riding his bicycle in the driveway of his parents' home in Bakersfield, California, when a neighbour's dog appeared to stalk him.
The animal ran up from behind and attacked him, leaving a deep leg wound, which needed 10 stitches.
Out of nowhere, Tara flew at the dog and sent it running off down the road.
Jeremy's mother, Erica Triantafilo, 28, told Sky News it was "awesome" that Tara had been invited to next week's game along with Jeremy, who is making a swift recovery.
She said all the family would attend, including her husband, database administrator Roger Triantafilo, 29, and their other sons, two-year-old twins, Carson and Connor.
As for Tara, Mrs Triantafilo laughed: "I think this media attention is going to her head. She's acting quite the princess of this house, curling in our laps looking constantly for love."
She said the six-year-old was a stray that had followed them home from the park.
While Tara basks in the glory, her vanquished foe languishes in quarantine.
The dog, identified as an eight-month-old Labrador-Chow mix, will be euthanised, said police.
The canine did not like children or bicycles, police said.
The Triantafilos said their insurance would cover the cost of their son's medical care and that they are still friendly with the neighbours who owned the dog.
Every year more than 4.5 million Americans - more than half of them children - are bitten by dogs, according to the American Humane Association.
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