Grandma strangles rabid bobcat to death outside her Georgia home

Ebony Scott
June 18, 2018

It's not every day that a grandmother kills a rabid bobcat with her bare hands.

The Athens-Banner Herald reported that DeDe Phillips of Hart county had gone outside on 7 June to take a picture when the bobcat lunged at her. She said she knew that they "go for your jugular".

"I grabbed it by the shoulders and pushed it back away from me ... and I took it down", she says.

Phillips said she grew up in the country, where her father-in-law was once a trapper of bobcats. Knowing that her 5-year old granddaughter was sleeping inside the home, she took action after the bobcat jumped on her, she says. As a result, she knew something about the animal's behavior and how to fight back.

It bit and broke fingers on both of her hands and cut and bruised her all over her body. Also not clear is what would have led to the animal coming onto Phillips home and whether it may have been drawn there from the evisceration of its natural habitat at the hands of humans....

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She snapped a photo of the cat and it "took two steps and was on top of came for my face". Her son stabbed the cat several times, but it was likely already dead.

Of note the unprovoked attack follows a rabid skunk and rabid fox being found in the same area.

Philips said the encounter with the bobcat was surprising as her house was located in the middle of soybean fields, and she never expected to come across a wildcat.

A crowdfunding page for her medical expenses has been set up by a cousin. But, worst of all, she must get a painful and expensive series of shots to ensure she doesn't contract rabies from the bobcat.

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