Tara the 'hero cat' throws first pitch at baseball game
It was a rather unusual sight for spectators at a local baseball game in Bakersfield, California - a cat throwing out the first pitch. Well, kind of.
But that wasn't just any cat.
You may recognize Tara the tabby from this shocking surveillance video that went viral online last week. She managed to scare off a dog that was attacking her 4-year-old human, Jeremy. Jeremy's father, Roger, decided to edit the video and put it up on YouTube for family and friends to see.
And almost immediately, Tara became a national sensation, making major headlines as the famous "hero cat."
And one the perks of that fame? Being invited to throw the first pitch at the Bakersfield Blaze game Tuesday night. Tara's pitch wasn't exactly perfect - her human dad had to give her a little help. But spectators said that didn't matter to them.
And it looks like that pitch is just the first of a few special events Tara has been invited to attend.
The Bakersfield Condors confirmed via Twitter the "Ninja Cat" will drop the first puck for Game 3 of the minor league hockey playoffs Friday night.
And TMZ claims feline magazine Cat Fancy has reached out to Tara's family to see if the tabby would be interested in appearing on the cover.
What's next? Talk shows? A movie deal? Guess we'll have to wait and see.