A recent episode that went down in the British town of Doncaster showed that you are never too small to protect the ones you love.
When a group of boys began pushing around 5-year-old Ethan Fenton, knocking him to the ground, the family cat pounced on the chest of one of the bullying boys, stunning them all and scaring them away crying.
The incident had one British newspaper wondering if the cat, Smudge, is “Britain’s bravest cat.”
Ethan’s mom, Sarah Fenton, told London’s Mirror Online that Smudge has been in the family for three years and never displayed such heroics before.
Ethan’s mother, Sarah, witnessed the scene:
“I was keeping an eye on the boys who were playing football in the front garden,” Sarah Fenton said, according to the Mirror. “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 [his younger brother].”
That’s when the confrontation got serious, she said.
“But then they shouted [at] him again, and then one of the boys got in Ethan’s face and said, ‘Oi! Why are you ignoring me?’ and pushed him over,” Fenton said. “That’s when I rushed outside and saw Smudge fly out from under our car and jump on the boy’s chest. I think it was shock more than anything, but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off.”
The family was shocked, in a happy kind of way, at their cat’s behavior.
“He has never done anything like that before, but it was absolutely brilliant seeing him look out for Ethan like that,” Fenton added. “He has slept outside his bedroom, keeping guard ever since it happened.”
The family, Fenton said, is happy to know it has such a brave soul in residence.
“I actually feel so much safer knowing Smudge is around after seeing him defend him like that,” she said. “He is a big part of the family, and he is more of a brother to the boys than a cat.”
Fenton said she bought Smudge when the family’s other cat died after just 18 months, calling the new cat’s introduction “love at first sight.”
The Fentons actually chose another cat at first, but it had been sold before they were able to purchase it.
The fateful union did more than bring the family a loyal, loving cat. It could now mean a local award. Smudge has been nominated for the area’s most “heroic cat” honor. The winner will be chosen Aug. 7.
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