Himalayan cat attacks baby boy, takes US family hostage

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 9:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 9:17pm


A 10kg Himalayan cat attacked a baby boy then took an American family hostage in their apartment, forcing them to make an emergency call to police.

The ferocious feline first went for the seven-month-old baby, prompting owner Lee Palmer to kick the animal up the backside, but that only served to antagonise it further.

"We're trapped in the bedroom, he won't let us out of our door," the frantic Palmer told an emergency services operator in Portland, Oregon.

"I kicked the cat in the rear, and it has gone over the edge ... He's very, very, very, very hostile."

In the 911 call obtained by The Oregonian newspaper, Palmer explained that the four-year-old male cat, Lux, had previously shown aggressive behaviour.

In Sunday's incident, Palmer tried unsuccessfully calling animal control before resorting to dialing 911. "He's kind of a violent cat already ... he's charging us, he's at our bedroom door," Palmer said. Amid howling in the background, he asked the dispatcher: "Do you hear him?"

"Yeah, yeah, I hear him," said the female emergency call operator, in a calm voice.

Police arrived and subdued the animal with a dog snare.

"We are debating what to do," Palmer said afterwards. "We definitely want to keep the cat away from the baby, and keep an eye on his behaviour."