A basketball team's canine mascot needed no help getting into character when a cat strayed onto the court during a televised match.
In a curious take on the age-old pursuit, Maccabi Tel Aviv mascot Donny the Dog sprang into action after the feline appeared during a match against Bnei Hasharon in Israel.
As Maccabi's players attacked their oppponents' end at the Zisman Arena in the city Ramat Gan, eastern Israel, the furry intruder was spotted in the middle of the court.
The skittish cat, no doubt startled by the size 11s of the ball players thundering around him, tried to sprint towards cheerleaders gathered at the Bnei Hasharon end.
But Donny, feeling the spirit of his canine alter-ego, decided to give chase.
Sensing the chase was on, the cat skidded across the court, changing direction to avoid Donny's lunging attempt at a tackle.