A hero cross-eyed house-cat alerted his owner to a dangerously sparking cable just outside her house in Canada.
Four-year-old Mervin harassed Bronwyn Randall for a morning walk in the garden – even waiting patiently as she put his harness and lead on.
Once outside, the clever kitty led his 24-year-old owner to an extension lead which was sparking and crackling in a large pile of dried leaves just inches away from the wooden decking by the house.
"Panicked" Bronwyn called to her flatmate Meika who "unplugged the chord".
Bronwyn said: "I couldn’t believe it. I was honestly a little shocked and it took a bit to hit me just how bad it could have been had he not alerted us to the problem.
"I felt panicked when I saw it, and I think Mervin felt it a little too. He darted to the door to the house after we saw that it was smoking.
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"He's never done anything quite like this before. He's always seemed very smart and observant though, so I can't say I'm super surprised he did this."
Bronwyn describes her four-legged-friend as "very intelligent and affectionate" but it's the first time he has ever done anything like this.
Bronwyn said: "My roommate Meika and I were sitting in our living room, and Mervin was acting like he wanted something from her and I.
"It was more than just the attention that he usually wants. He kept walking back and forth between the two of us, meowing at us like crazy.
"He eventually sat on the ground between the two of us and just stared up at us meowing.
"I got up to see what he wanted, thinking maybe food, but he took a bite or two then looked up at me again and continued to meow.
"Then he led me to our front door, stood up against it, and scratched at it wanting to go outside.
"I've recently gotten him a good harness and leash and have been taking him outside for walks more often, so I figured he just wanted to go out even though he's never quite so eagerly asked to go out before.
"He usually tries to walk around and take his time while I try to get him into his harness, but today he waited patiently and let me dress him quickly.
"We went outside together, and he seemed like he was looking for something, and quickly led me to the far end of our yard.
"He usually takes his time more when he goes outside, and also often goes to a different area of the yard than he did.
"He then led me back along the side of the house, and took me to our patio area.
"There was an extension cord there that was smoking and sizzling inches away from our wooden deck laying in a pile of dried dead leaves. We unplugged the cord and no harm was done.
"But had Mervin not asked to go outside like he did, we had no plans of going outside for a while that, and the situation easily could have been worse.
"I'm still shocked, but mostly I'm just so thankful that Mervin did what he did.
"He was so smart to be able to communicate it to us in his own way.
"Even though I've always believed animals are much smarter than some may think, this situation definitely reminded me even more.
"Always listen to your animals if you think they're trying to tell you something."
The adorable cat, who Bronwyn adopted after a family friend found him abandoned, looks permanently cross-eyed as his right eye is slightly off-centre.
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Bronwyn said: "His eyes are so adorable. I love them. We have no idea why they are crossed or what his vision may be like for sure, but I have suspicions he can't see great up close.
"He often misses a toy if he's trying to catch it, and will paw a few inches to the left or right of it before finding it which makes me think he may not be able to see great.
"It definitely adds to his funny personality for sure. His eyes are usually the first thing people notice about him.
"I adopted him through a family friend when he was about a year old, after he was found in their basement after the people who were renting their basement moved out, and he was sadly left behind.
"He can be quite silly at times. He has crossed eyes that just get more crossed the more relaxed he is.
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"I feel that Mervin and I are very close and in tune with each other, and I really think he is a truly special cat. All cats are special in their own ways, but you know.
"He's so full of love towards me, and everyone else out there for that matter. He's the best four-legged friend I could have."
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