Traditionally cats are meant to be solitary and docile creatures. But a band of feral French felines in the north-eastern French city of Belfort appears to have put that theory to bed.
The seemingly unprecedented attack happened around 7pm on Sunday at the edge of a wood in Belfort, in the north-eastern region Franche-Comté, situated between Lyon and Strasbourg, French news site l’Est Republicain reported.
The 31-year-old woman had apparently been out walking her pet poodle when she was set upon by half a dozen blood thirsty moggies.
“The vet told us that, in his 20 years in the job, he had never seen such a thing. He couldn’t find a single explanation for the cats’ abnormal behaviour,” she said.
Domesticated cats tend to be very calm and usually people friendly creatures. Feral cats, like the ones in this story, are not. They can be extremely aggressive, especially if strangers are walking in or too close to their territory. I found another story similar to this one from Hawaii in 2000. A woman walking to the market with her dog was attacked by 5 or 6 cats. It was also unprovoked. Individual feral cats will attack if provoked or threatened but group attacks are rare and can constitute a serious neighborhood problem. Warnings have been issued for tourists to be aware in this part of France. At least it wasn’t non-native cats.