A cat with a thirst for blood gave an Oregon family quite the scare on Sunday.
The behemoth cat named Lux, weighing in at 22 pounds, attacked the seven-month-old child of Lee Palmer and Teresa Barker. Palmer kicked the cat to get him off of his child. When he did that, the cat turned on him.
"He's trying to attack us," Palmer is heard saying in a 911 call. "He's very, very, very, very hostile."
"Every time we opened our back bedroom door, the cat would hiss,” Barker recalled.
The 911 dispatcher sent police to the household to restrain the cat. The officers brought a dog snare with them to reign in the beast. Upon opening the home’s door, officers say Lux darted to the kitchen “attempting to flee custody.”
The dog snare came in handy as it was used to trap the cat and put him in a crate. Officers left the home after Lux was caged up.
"The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family, and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city," the Portland Police Bureau said.
Palmer told the 911 dispatcher Lux has a history of aggressive behavior.
"He's got kind of a history of violence," he said. "He's kind of a violent cat already. But he's really bad right now."
The family is currently deciding whether to keep Lux or find him a new home. Barker admitted that the idea of being held hostage in a room by a cat sounds funny. That is, unless you’re the one being held hostage.
"It's only funny when it's not happening to you," said Barker. "When this happens to you, I assure you, you will do the same thing."