The most famous cat in the world this week is Tara. Pretty well everybody knows about her by now. She is an ordinary tabby cat who did an extraordinary thing or at least we think she did but from her perspective it was totally natural and totally ordinary. It is what would be expected of her by other domestic cats.
This post is a little follow-up on the story which has been reported by every online newspaper in the world. This website got their first (almost) though 🙂
You’ll remember that Tara saved a 4-year-old toddler, Jeremy, from being injured further by a dog who was attacking him. Tara raced out and slammed into the neighbour’s dog and then chased him off. I say that it was a mother’s instinct because there was a close bond between the cat and boy since the boy was born.
So what happened next? I guess somebody thought about suing somebody because if a person is injured by their neighbour’s dog some sort of recompense or compensation has to be on the cards.
Jeremy’s father, Roger Triantafilo, is making a claim on his own insurance to pay for his son’s treatment and he does not want his neighbour vilified by the media. I suppose, Roger, could make a claim via a lawyer against his neighbour’s insurance company. In other words, sue his neighbour for compensation.
I think, wisely, Roger has not gone down that route but instead claimed from his insurance company and any shortfall appears to be topped up by his neighbour paying out of his own pocket. That is my reading of the situation. His neighbour has been helpful in suggesting that he pay.
Doing things this way helps to keep the peace between neighbours and it is essential that neighbours are at peace with each other otherwise ultimately someone has to move and nobody wants to do that.
Humans have made a lot of fuss about this but Tara does not know what all the fuss is about. It is just another day for her. Jeremy is recovering well, apparently. He has two nasty bit wounds in his left leg.
Jeremy was, in fact, interviewed on video by local news station but I was unable to embed the video on PoC the technical reasons. The interview is disappointing if I am being totally honest because Jeremy says almost nothing in response to gentle questioning and appears to have no understanding of what happened. Is that normal for a 4-year-old child? It quite possibly is.
Jeremy’s father, Roger, was also interviewed but by TMZ.com. Here is a video of the interview:
It is likely the dog will be put down, which is sad to be honest.