The ferocious feline that fought off a dog that was attacking a little boy is getting a rare honor for an animal.  Mike Candela with Bakersfield Blaze minor league baseball team says Tara the hometown hero cat and her family will participate in a first-pitch ceremony for the team.

"The family and Tara will be coming out and the community is gonna show'em support...and a cat is going to through out the first pitch," Candela laughed.

Tara has become a viral Internet sensation.  There's a video of a dog attacking four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo when Tara comes darting between them, chasing off the aggressive pooch.  The first pitch ceremony is due to take place on May 20th at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield.  Fans who bring unused animal toys or unopened animal food will get half price tickets.