‘As soon as it took the first step, I knew I was in trouble. All I thought was: ‘Not today’. I wasn’t dying today’
By Maya Oppenheim, The Independent
A 46-year-old has strangled a rabid bobcat to death after the large feline attacked her.
DeDe Phillips said the wild animal, which is a relative of the lynx, emerged next to her pickup truck in Georgia while she was in her front driveway on 7 June.
“As soon as it took the first step, I knew I was in trouble. All I thought was: ‘Not today’. I wasn’t dying today,” the grandmother told local television station WGCL.
“They go for the jugular. When they can get the vein you’re dead in a couple of minutes,” she said.
The cat leapt at her face, but she managed to grab hold of its shoulders and push it back, dragging it to the floor.
She said: “I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat. I knew that was the only way I was getting out of this”.
Her five-year-old granddaughter was sleeping inside her home when the attack took place, so Ms Phillips reportedly did not even scream for fear of waking the child up.
She is now forced to get an expensive series of shots to make sure she does not catch rabies from the bobcat, with the first round already costing her $10,000.
Ms Phillips’s cousin has set up a fundraising effort to help with the medical expenses. As of Sunday night, it had already managed to raise more than $26,000.