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Video of cat attacking man opening Christmas present goes viral

A video of a cat attacking a man while he excitedly unwraps a PlayStation 4 has gone viral — viewed more than 81 million times in less than 48 hours. And that number is continuing to climb.

The video, posted by Jessica Freeman on Christmas Eve, shows a man laughing and yelling as he sits on the floor opening the present. A cat in the room bolts to his side, briefly pauses and pounces on the man’s chest, wrapping its paws around the man’s neck. 

“Y’all, this is what pure joy looks like,” the video post says. “Also terror. Merry Christmas!”  

Posted by Jessica Freeman on Saturday, December 24, 2016

Freeman tagged Andrew Woodward in a post about the clip. He appeared to be the man in the video.

Viewers posted more than 153,000 comments, including some making accusations of animal mistreatment.

In response, it appeared that Freeman later updated her post, adding pictures that she said showed the cat and the man — with bloody scratches on his head, ear and neck — after the incident. The post said the cat wasn’t provoked.

“A grown up was acting overly excited as a joke and the cat walked across the room then back. He wasn’t ‘startled,’” the post said.

“A human was attacked here, not a cat,” it said. “Only in 2016 would people blame a person who didn’t touch an animal for getting attacked by said animal bc they were excited.”  

The post added that the cat lives in a good home, and that this wasn’t the first time the feline attacked someone. It also said the incident resulted in a visit to the doctor and stitches for the victim.    

Y'all, this is what pure joy looks like. Also terror. Merry Christmas! *This has resulted in a trip to the doctor and...

Posted by Jessica Freeman on Saturday, December 24, 2016

CBS News reached out to Jessica Freeman for comment about this story but has not yet heard back.

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