Hero cat saves one-year-old baby from falling down steep flight of stairs
A hero cat pounced on a baby crawling towards a steep flight of stairs and saved him from falling down.
Footage shot in a living room in Bogotá, Colombia, shows Siamese cat Gatubela leaping into action when one-year-old Samuel León heads towards the stairs.
The baby, wearing a red bodysuit, makes his way past a cot and a rocking chair, while the cat keeps an eye on him.
As Samuel continues to crawl across the living room, Gatubela moves closer to the edge of the sofa.
When the one-year-old gets moves towards the edge of the room, the cat suddenly launches himself from his seat, trying to pull Samuel away from the steep stairs.
The animal wraps its front paws across the toddler's body, forcing him to move backwards.
Later, the pair can be seen playing in the room while the Siamese cat keeps an eye on Samuel.
"The cat has been part of our family practically since birth, we had her here when she was a month, a month and a few days old, and she has become familiar with my children," said the father of the rescued toddler, Jesid Leon.
"She is two months older than my son."
The cat is named Gatubela, which translates to Catwoman, after the DC Comics character.
Diana Lorena Álvarez, the child’s mother, checked the home’s CCTV footage to figure out how her son had got out of his crib, Metro reports.
When she watched the footage, however, she discovered the cat's heroic rescue and realised Gatubela saved her son's life.
She said: "I arrived very early in the morning at my company and my son was still sleeping, for that reason I put him in his crib.
"I was a short distance from him when I suddenly noticed that he had woken up and had left the crib by himself, for this reason I wanted to go back over the recordings so that I could see how he got out of his crib," she added.
"It was at that moment that I discovered that the cat had saved his life. ‘If it had not been for the cat my son would have rolled down the stairs. Watching the footage, I felt really surprised and lucky."
The video, which appeared on Mail Online , was shared on the Facebook page for Fundación Gatos Bogotanos en Adopción, a cat rescue and adoption organisation based in Bogotá.
Astonished viewers have reacted to the video online.
YouTube user gracefulhaley wrote: "This cat deserves a lifetime supply of tuna."
Brandon Hall commented: "For anyone that is confused, the cat is actually the babysitter."
Rockit added: "When you see animals act like this, it shows they are happy in their family environment and want to protect it – that cat should get a LOT of praise and a good feed – and it would appreciate it."
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