A Georgia grandmother is recuperating from injuries she sustained when she was attacked by a rabid bobcat. The woman survived the attack by strangling the cat to death. She will have to go through a series of rabies shots, but other then that is expected to make a full recovery.
According to the Athens-Banner Herold, DeDe Phillips was attacked in her driveway on 7 June 2018.The unprovoked attack occurred about 6 p.m. She had been working on her truck that afternoon and posted a bumper sticker that read: “Women who behave rarely make history.” She planned to photograph the sticker and send it to her husband
My neighbor’s dog was barking and it drew my attention,” she said. “I saw the cat and I took a picture. The cat took two steps and was on top of me. … It came for my face.”
“I thought, ‘Not today.’ There was no way I was going to die.” And that is when she fraught back.
“It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there,” 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.”
With both hands around the bobcat’s neck she began squeezing. She did not call for help because she feared her young grand daughter would come out of the house.
“I was scared if I screamed for help that my granddaughter would come out and I didn’t want that to happen,” she said.
“Once I got him where he wasn’t moving I started screaming for my daughter-in-law to call 911,” she said. Phillips’ son was also called after the 911 call and he showed up with a gun.
Phillips would not release her grip on the crazed animal as she feared it might not truly be dead.
She didn’t want her son to fire the gun because she was so close, so he pulled a knife.
“My son stabbed it four or five times, but it never budged so I knew it was completely dead,” she said.
Wow! what an amazing story. I am glad she is alright and now she has an awesome story to tell. How many other grandma’s can say the wrestled a wild cat and choked it out with their bare hands?
The family has set up a fund to pay for medical bills you can see the fund by clicking here.