Cat Rescued From Under Sofa by 'Hero' Fellow Feline: 'Reverse Lion King'

A viral video of a cat being rescued from under the sofa by his feline friend has been compared to a famous scene from Disney's The Lion King.

TikTok user Liv, who uses the handle @TillyandTom, uploaded a 22-second video of the daring rescue to the social media platform in November and it has since racked up more than 7 million views.

The clip opened with the caption "Tom decided it would be a good idea to squeeze under the couch today"—and showed the aforementioned cat somehow managing to squash himself into a narrow gap under the sofa.

As the clip continued, however, it became clear that Tom was having difficulty getting out and he started reaching for help with his paws.

Liv explained that her other cat, Tilly, then "decided to rescue" Tom. In a heroic scene set to grand music that would not have sounded out of place in a Noughties action movie, Tilly yanked her friend out from under the sofa.

The great escape was even played again in slow motion to highlight Tilly's courageous effort.

Liberated from his carpeted prison, Tom walked around the living room, clearly trying to downplay the fact that he had got stuck.

Since being uploaded on November 15, the clip has been liked more than 2.2 million times and inspired more than 18,000 comments.

Many TikTok users praised Tilly's bravery. One wrote: "I can't believe what I witnessed. Tilly is a hero."

A second commented: "OMG, am in utter shock. You would think such things happen in animation only."

A third TikToker alluded to the scene in Disney's beloved 1994 movie, when Scar betrays his brother Mufasa by letting him fall down a ravine, with the caption: "Reverse Lion King."

Liv has shared multiple videos of her two feline friends, gaining more than 38,500 followers. The account, which has the bio "2 cat besties doing cat bestie things," has also received more than 3 million likes.

Other cat videos that have had the internet in stitches in recent days include a clip showing two felines "fighting respectfully."

The footage, shared on TikTok by a woman called Vanessa Cowan, shows a ginger and a black cat softly pawing at each other, as if bored with their brawl. The clip was posted on November 19 and has since been watched more than 6 million times.

Another recent viral video shows a fluffy white cat enjoying makeshift spa treatments as he recovers from a cold. The clip received more than 129,000 upvotes on Reddit.

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Stock image of two cats. Tilly saved Tom from under the sofa. gyro/Getty