A mother is in hospital with dozens of deep scratches all over her upper body after a frenzied attack by an angry animal.
Tina endured a painful deep clean of her wounds, which spent days without being closed with stitches while antibiotics fought potential infection.
Doctors told the Queensland woman she would likely have dozens of scars and could have tendon and nerve damage from her many injuries.
Photos show deep, bleeding scratches all the way down her hands and arms along with puncture wounds.
Though they looked like their were caused by a huge beast, Tina was merely attacked by a common shorthaired house cat.
She said the fierce feline belonged to her new neighbours and ended up in her yard growling at her own cat.
After getting her beloved pet inside out of harms way she found the neighbours trying to coax the animal back from the other side of the fence.
Tina said she approached the cat and gave it a pat, which it seemed to appreciate, so she decided to help get it home.
‘I tried to pick it up and hand it over the fence, but it latched on and attacked for dear life,’ she said.
‘The neighbour had to jump the fence and help me, he was just as traumatised witnessing the whole thing and his wife was pretty shaken up.’
Despite her injuries, Tina didn’t blame the angry animal because it was acting on instinct, saying the fault was her own.
She even convinced the owners not to have the cat put down and instead just keep it inside to avoid any future mishaps.
‘I have only myself to blame, stupid me I shouldn’t have picked it up,’ she said.
‘If I knew it was going to freak out I would have just left it and let the owner jump the fence to retrieve it.
‘I’m guessing because it’s in a new environment and a stranger picking it up, it was scared and reacted.’