London has a surprise hero after video footage of a man rescuing a cat from one of the city’s docks prompted calls for him to be publicly acknowledged.
The fierce chase between territorial black-and-white cats at Royal London Docks ended when the one feline swiped at the other, called Felix, dramatically tumbling her off the water’s edge and into the water.
A nearby worker’s heroic act was captured by CCTV footage, while the aggressor can be seen to swiftly flee the scene, unaware it has been caught in the act.
Without hesitation, the man – identified by Royal London Docks as engineering and operations manager Scott Derben – runs to Felix’s aid, jumping over the railing before lying flat on his stomach to reach out to retrieve the drenched cat.
After being carried to safety by the scruff of the neck, Felix slowly wanders to a nearby porch, while his rescuer continues to go about his daily business.
The video footage has since gone viral, circulating on social and news media channels.
Viewers took to social media calling for Mr Derben be given a knighthood or other public recognition for his “selfless act”, while commenting on Felix’s blasé attitude after the rescue.
A London’s Royal Docks spokeswoman was quoted by The Evening Standard as saying: “We can happily report that Felix suffered no injury or trauma”.
“She also seems to be completely unaware that the rest of the Royal Docks team have been laughing behind her back after the blasé ‘nothing to see here’ routine that followed her dunking.”
Watch the CCTV footage of the rescue:
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— Felicity Morse (@FelicityMorse) April 30, 2017