The hero cat of Bakersfield has gone viral.
A security video posted on YouTube shows a family cat charging, tackling and then chasing off a dog as it attacks its owner's 4-year-old son
The footage shows the dog wandering around the family SUV in the driveway where the boy is riding his tricycle.
A few seconds later, the dog suddenly comes around the SUV and attacks the boy's leg, pulling him from the bike. Within seconds, Tara, the family cat, sprints into view and rams into the dog before chasing it away from the boy.
Soon after, the cat returns to the boy, who appears to be receiving aid from his mother.
The boy received stitches for a deep bite wound on his leg, his mother told KERO-TV Channel 23 in Bakersfield.
"Tara is my hero," the boy, Jeremy Triantafilo, told the station.
The dog reportedly belonged to a neighbor.