Hero Cat 'Smudge' Saves Five-Year-Old Best Buddy From Bullies, Bad Guy Leaves In Tears

An older boy who shoved five-year-old Ethan Fenton to the ground received a fitting dose of instant karma and was left running away in tears himself — thanks to a cat the boy's mom says is "more of brother" to her two young sons than just a household kitty.

Sharon Fenton, the 26-year-old mom of five-year-old Ethan and two-year-old Ashton, was watching from inside as her two boys kicked a soccer ball around in the front yard of their home in Doncaster, a town in South Yorkshire, England. Before she could do anything, a group of bullies were giving Ethan a hard time.

"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," she recalled. "But then they shouted 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. That's when I rushed outside and saw Smudge fly out from under our car and jump on the boy's chest."

That's right. Before Sharon could get to the scene, Smudge, the three-year-old tabby who had been watching the whole incident unfold from a hiding place underneath the family car, dealt his own brand of vigilante justice and saved Ethan from the bad guys.

"The boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off," Sharon Fenton recounted. "He (Smudge) has never done anything like that before but it was absolutely brilliant seeing him look out for Ethan like that. He has slept outside his bedroom keeping guard ever since it happened."

Unfortunately, unlike with the hero cat in San Diego two months ago who fearlessly attacked a dog that was viciously biting a toddler, there was no video of the Smudge Vs. Bullies incident.

But Smudge has now been nominated for Britain's Cat of the Year, an award given out by the Cats Protection charity organization.

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