Internet users have a weakness for cats, especially for kittens and their adorable behavior. Recently, a Reddit post went viral after a user shared a video of a man being “ambushed” by an army of kittens shortly after stopping his car to rescue one.
Captioned “Man pulls over to save kitten, he’s ambushed by firing squad,” Reddit user JediWithAnM4 shared the video to the r/aww subreddit on Wednesday.
Since then, the post has generated a total of 240,000 upvotes and over 5,600 comments. However, it should be noted that it appears that the original poster (OP) who submitted the video was not the person in the video.
The 43-second video begins with a person getting out of their car and pointing the camera at a small kitten wandering by the side of the road. As the man prepares to pick up the kitten, the camera pans to reveal a group of over 10 kittens emerging from the grass. “Oh my God, I can’t take you all,” the person in the video said.
As expected, Reddit users flooded the comments section with a series of jokes and jokes.
“Guy: look, a kitten! 12 more kittens: you’re our mommy now! We love you! Guy never had a chance,” one user shared.
‘We’re gonna need a bigger box,’ joked another, referencing the 1975 film Jaws.
Some of those who commented on the post also scoffed, implying that the “ambush” was a coordinated attack planned by the kittens.
“They send the smallest, knowing that you will stop. Then the reinforcements attack”, writes a user.
Other commenters theorized what the man in the video did after such an adorable encounter.
“I want to see the sequel to him trying to drive as they all go crazy in the car,” wrote one Redditor.
Incidentally, one of the users in the comments section shared a link to a second follow-up video of the man. This shorter clip showed the crowd of cats crawling in the back of the man’s car, indicating that he had in fact managed to “take them all”.
The OP who submitted the video also shared a message from the man in the video: “Thank you to everyone who offers to help. Work to give them all a good home! The children love them in the meantime and we are growing raise them!”
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 6.3 million pets are brought to animal shelters in the United States each year, of which approximately 3.2 million are cats. Of the cats that enter shelters, only about 37% are adopted.
It wouldn’t be the first time kittens have taken the internet by storm. Newsweek once wrote about a kitten who tried to fight her own reflection after seeing a mirror for the first time. On another occasion, Newsweek also reported on a rescue kitten who snuggled up to her new owner’s grumpy cat.
Newsweek contacted u/JediWithAnM4 for comment.