“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”
Clint Eastwood said that famous phrase in the 1971 movie Dirty Harry, but a brave cat seemed to be channeling the action hero in a recent face-off with two five-foot-long alligators.
Reportedly filmed on a farm in Louisiana, a dark tabby cat stalked and stared out his enemies before successfully forcing them to both return to the lake.
In the two-minute YouTube video, the cat is filmed sneaking up on the alligator before swiping a paw at his nose.
Despite the fact that the alligator could swallow the cat whole with a single snap of his jaws, the pair both lie perfectly still, not wanting to make the first move, until once again the cat charges at the gator.
The reptile then slinks back into the water and returns with a buddy, whom the cat also sends packing with a roundhouse claw to the face.
“The cat has no fear,” said an onlooker during the face-off. “Hes like a tiger!” said another.
The gators lurked in the water as the feisty feline wandered off to hang out with another cat friend and be stroked by a child.
Although cats generally avoid disputes with larger animals, they have been known to chase off creatures many times their size.
In 2006, Jack the tabby twice forced a brown bear up a tree after it strayed into the back yard of a New Jersey family. The declawed cat kept the bear at bay with his ferocious hisses, then ran him up another tree after an attempted escape. The bears ordeal ended 15 minutes later, when the cats owner called him in.
See the video here: