WATCH: Texas house cat challenges lion in viral video

Calico cat named 'Baggy' faces off with lion at animal rescue

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BRIDGEPORT, Texas – Baggy, a Texas house cat, proved she was no scaredy-cat after her owner said she challenged a lion to an intense staredown at an animal-rescue facility near Fort Worth.

Derek Krahn, operations director for the Center for Animal Research and Education, caught the staredown on camera, hilariously narrating the situation as it unfolded.

"Oh by god, Baggy, you will lose," Krahn can be heard warning the calico cat in the video. 

In the recording, the cat is seen running toward a fenced-in lion before the two cats lock eyes. Baggy and the lion, Noey, both remain still for a moment before the cat lurches toward the fenced-in lion.

The two continue to inch closer and closer to each other, all the while Krahn cautions her to "abort, abort" and reminds the cat "there's nothing to be gained, Baggy."

Despite warnings from her owner, Baggy persists before having a change of heart and walking away from the situation.

The video has been viewed close to 400,000 times since it was posted Wednesday. Many joked that the rescued lion was caged not to keep Noey in, but to keep Baggy out.

The video was posted to the Big Cat Derek YouTube channel - run by Krahn, who manages day-to-day operations at the animal rescue and chronicles his duties in YouTube videos.

According to the animal rescue's website, CARE is a nonprofit organization focused on education, research, rescue and long-term care for exotic animals. Many of the animals at the facility are rescued from backgrounds of abuse, abandonment or breeding.

Watch the showdown below: 


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