This is the adorable moment a protective cat does all he can to stop his owner’s toddler from climbing the railings of their tower block balcony.
The video was filmed by the owner at their home in Bucaramanga, Columbia, and sees the feline deliver a number of gentle swipes to the one-year-old’s hands as he clings onto the balcony railings.
Despite appearing to be in mortal danger on the sky-high balcony the child was in fact safe all along as a security mesh surrounds the balcony – unbeknownst to the caring cat.
The footage was filmed on January 20, with the relaxed owner seen reclining on a sofa whilst shooting the footage, safe in the knowledge that the cat was doing his duties as the child’s ‘older brother’.
In the video the child can be seen repeatedly attempting to grab hold of the railings which are above his head, appearing to try and pull himself up at one point.
Aware of the drop below the concerned pet, who flashes a worried look at the owner, quickly jumps into action by placing his paw on the little one’s hands to stop him from getting any closer to the edge.
When the toddler persists the cat physically blocks the way, moving his body in front of the boy’s view off the balcony.
After several attempts to grab the railings the young boy is deterred by the cat and wanders back inside the flat.
Cats are known to become protective of young humans who they view as ‘people kitten’, with various accounts of felines raising the alarm if a baby suddenly becomes ill, according to Cats.org.uk.
In 2015 a stray cat, a tabby named Marsha, saved the life of an abandoned newborn baby by climbing into the box the infant had been dumped in to stop the child from from freezing to death.
Residents in the block of flats where it took place, in Obninsk in the Kaluga region of Russia, found the unusual surrogate curled around the freezing boy and licking his face after being alerted by his cries.
‘The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha … he was not damaged by the experience,’ a hospital spokesman told Central European News at the time.
Nadezhda Makhovikova, who lived in the flats, told REN TV she ventured into the stairwell after hearing what sounded like a cat meowing in distress.
She said: ‘When I went down, I saw it was the baby crying.’
Mothering Marsha ran after paramedics as they took the tiny baby to the ambulance, it was reported.
The baby, a boy aged between two to three months, was taken to hospital where he was checked over by medics and declared fit and healthy, despite hours in the cold.