'Tara the Hero Cat' gets Facebook fan page, memes after saving Bakersfield boy from dog attack

BAKERSFIELD - The world loves Tara, the famous cat that saved a California boy from a dog attack earlier this week.

Superfans can get more of Tara in their Facebook feed because she has a fan page: Tara Hero Cat - Official

The video of Tara scaring off an attacking dog has showed up in French, Mexican, German, Russian, Greek, Brazilian and Japanese news.

The cat has also appeared in humorous photos called memes, including on Ryan Gosling's shirt , and intervening in the recent attack on Jay-Z by Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles.

The Bakersfield Blaze, a minor league baseball team in Bakersfield, Calif.,  also confirmed that Tara the cat will throw out the first pitch at a game next week. However, it's not clear how the feline, who is highly skilled at attacking dogs and saving boys, will actually be able to "throw" the pitch.

The cat shot to international stardom earlier this week when she came to her best friend's rescue when he was attacked by a dog on his driveway.

Surveillance video from Tuesday shows the 4-year-old boy, Jeremy, playing on his bicycle.  He was coming home from school when he wanted to fly a kite. Jeremy has mild autism, his family said.

The neighbor's dog, an 8-month-old Labrador/chow mix, snuck up behind him and bit his leg.

The family's cat rushed the attacking dog and chased it away.

"Tara is my hero," Jeremy said.

Erica Triantafilo, Jeremy's mother, was nearby watering a tree when she heard his screams.

"I didn't really even realize what had happened until after,  when my husband showed me the surveillance video," Triantafilo said.

Triantafilo told 7NEWS's sister station, 23ABC, that the boy needed a few stitches, but he is doing fine.  She said it could have been much worse.

"I've never seen a cat do that," said Roger Triantafilo, Jeremy's father. "Especially ours. It just shows how much she really has a family-oriented mind set."

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