Cats appear to make good babysitters. Image Credit: YouTube / Caters Clips / DLore Alvarez
This remarkable video from Colombia shows the moment a cat leaps into action to save a baby from a nasty fall.
It seems that dogs are not the only household pets capable of lending a helping hand (or paw).
The footage, which recently came to light after it was posted on a Facebook group dedicated to cat videos, shows an attentive feline rushing to stop a young child falling down a flight of stairs.
The video starts off with the youngster crawling on the floor towards an open door at the top of the stairs. Seemingly aware of what's about to happen, the cat can be seen jumping up and rushing at speed across the room before physically grabbing the baby and pushing it away from danger.
A photograph of the staircase, which is very steep, was later posted to corroborate the video.
So did the cat really anticipate that the child would fall and run to help or was it simply playing around and just happened to have rushed over at that exact moment ?
Perhaps cats are a lot more protective of humans than we give them credit for.