A 5-year-old British boy’s tabby cat fought off a neighborhood bully and sent the kid running away in tears.
Ethan Fenton was playing in his front yard in Doncaster with his 2-year-old brother Ashton when they were approached by a group of older kids.
“I was keeping an eye on the boys who were playing football in the front garden,” their mother, 26-year-old Sharon Fenton, said. “I saw three boys who were much taller and older than Ethan walk over to our front gate.”
“I heard them shout Ethan’s name twice, but he ignored them and just put his head back down and kept playing with Ashton,” she told the Daily Mail. “But then they shouted him again and then one of the boys got in Ethan’s face and said ‘Oi! Why are you ignoring me?’”
Then the boy pushed Ethan to the ground and the family’s cat Smudge came to his rescue.
“That’s when I rushed outside and saw Smudge fly out from under our car and jump on the boy’s chest,” his mother said.
“I think it was shock more than anything but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off,” she said.
Ever since the incident the cat keeps a close watch on who approaches the kids.
“He has slept outside his bedroom keeping guard ever since it happened,” Fenton said. “I actually feel so much safer knowing Smudge is around after seeing him defend him like that.”
The family has had Smudge for three years, but they have never seen his defensive side before.
“He is a big part of the family and he is more of a brother to the boys than a cat,” Fenton said.
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