Cats to the rescue: When felines turn hero – BBC News

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Dogs are traditionally known as man’s best friend. But despite their aloof reputation, felines can be just as devoted and gallant. As one moggy is rewarded for rescuing her owners from a mansion burn, BBC News takes a look at some other heroic felines.

The CAT scanner

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Missy, a tabby from Newcastle, has something of a medical bent.

When she felt there was something amiss with her proprietor – if felines can ever seemed like it was gonna be “owned” – Missy alerted her by refusing to stop pawing at her chest.

Angela Tinning says it firstly happened in 2013.

“Her behaviour was so uncommon I got checked out and it was find I had pre-cancerous cells. Three year later it happened again.

“I find fine and I candidly don’t think I would have riled if she hadn’t drawn my attention to it. If it weren’t for her, my narrative could be very different today.

“She is my little hero.”

The Tom with two names

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Crimean Tom, also known as Sevastopol Tom, saved British and French units from famine during the course of its Crimean war in 1854.

The platoons were dominating the Russian town of Sevastopol and are not able to find food. Tom could.

He extended them to hidden caches of food stored by Russian soldiers and civilians.

Tom was taken back to England with the soldiers when the war was over.

After his death in 1856, he was stuffed and preserved and is a permanent the members of the National Army Museum in London.

The paw-tector

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Smudge, from Thorne in South Yorkshire, became the ended guard feline when he chased away a got a couple of chaps who were besetting the two young human brothers he lived with.

Owner Sarah Fenton saw groupings of sons push her then five-year-old son to the ground.

“Within seconds, Smudge shot out from the bushes, hissed and jump-start up at one of the bullies, motivating them to beat a hasty retreat.”

Which just goes to show – never mess with a cat.

Simon saves

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Simon, a black and white ship’s feline, was gifted the Dickin Medal – the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – for helping to save the lives of Royal Navy officers during the Chinese civil war in 1949.

He protected food stores from an infestation of rats on board the HMS Amethyst during a siege.

The brave chap digested severe shrapnel wraps and was given a hero’s welcome when his ship returned to wharf in Plymouth.

Simon, who was also given the grade of Able Seaman, lived long enough to get back to England, but he died in quarantine three weeks after he arrived home.

He was buried in Ilford, Essex, with full armed honours.

Other recipients of the Dickin medal include messenger doves, colts and puppies – Simon is the only cat.

Prince Smokey

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Prince Smokey, from Lichfield in Staffordshire, is another pu with diagnostic talents. When his proprietor Tina Teasdale started having chest pain, she acquired it was indigestion.

The Prince knew better.

Ms Teasdale said the cat had always seemed to smell when she was ill, so when he became so worked up and remained jumping at her, she made an appointment to picture her GP.

Tests discovered she requirement middle surgery.

“Had I not had medication it could eventually have led to a heart attack. Without his unusual behaviour I wouldn’t have followed it up with medical doctors and who knows what could have happened.”

Carry on Cleo

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Cleo overcame her anxiety of strangers to become a prize-winning heroine.

The timid tortoiseshell, from Chessington in Surrey, was worded philanthropy Cats Protection’s hero cat of its first year 2014 after she developed alarm systems her proprietor was complaint.

Not only did her agitation alert Pauline Jenkins that husband Richard was having a heart attack, but Cleo clambered onto the couch and insisted on sitting with him while paramedics play-act emergency treatment.

That’s despite the fact she would usually run away whenever someone she didn’t know approached.

On Mr Jenkins’ return from infirmary, Cleo remained with him around the clock until he was back on his feet.

The judge said they adopted Cleo as the charity’s poster pu for her bravery.

“Cleo overcame her own anxiety of strangers to help her beloved proprietor. It was just that one factor that pushed it for me.”

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