Tara the 'Hero Cat' drops puck at hockey game - KCTV5

'Hero Cat's' fame grows with another appearance

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Tara the 'Hero Cat' made another crowd happy when she dropped the puck at a minor league hockey game Saturday. (Source: KBAK/CBS) Tara the 'Hero Cat' made another crowd happy when she dropped the puck at a minor league hockey game Saturday. (Source: KBAK/CBS)

BAKERSFIELD, CA (KBAK/CBS) - "Hero Cat" continued making the rounds by "dropping" the puck at a minor league hockey game.

More than 6,400 fans turned out for the Bakersfield Condors third game in the Western Conference finals against the Alaska Aces on Friday night, but many were also there to see the brave feline whose real name is Tara.

Hero Cat earned her moniker last week by saving her owners' son from a vicious, unprovoked attack by a dog in the family's driveway.

Now people can't get enough of her.

"I think it's awesome!" fan Don Balvanz said. "I think it was a wonderful thing that she did. We have three cats, and I think if somebody attacked us they'd just look at us and say, "Wow, too bad, we kind of liked them.'"

The cat's owners - Roger and Erica Triantafilos and their son, Jeremy - have branded Hero Cat and launched Taratheherocat.com. Tara now has her own clothing line, Facebook page and even a Twitter handle.

"I think, really, people adopted Tara into their hearts as well as ours, and I think that just keeps going," Roger Triantafilos said. "Since it's our family, we really felt strongly about us keeping that in the family and making sure that when people think of Tara the Hero Cat we can control that image."

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