Georgia woman says she killed rabid bobcat with bare hands

Lawrence Kim
June 18, 2018

"I thought, 'Not today, '" she says.

Dede Phillips says the reason she is still alive today is that she simply refused to die after being attacked by a bobcat, WXIA reported.

"My neighbor's dog was barking and it drew my attention", Phillips told the paper.

"My five-year-old granddaughter was in the house and I didn't want her coming out", Phillips said.

"As he starts towards me, I threw my phone and he went mid-air and just about knocked me down", she said.

The daughter-in-law of a bobcat trapper, Phillips knew she was dealing with a vicious animal - and needed to act fast.

"Once I got him where he wasn't moving I started screaming for my daughter-in-law to call 911", she said.

She managed to get her hands around the animal's throat and never let go. She walked inside to grab her iPhone to take a picture of the sticker, and with the camera app open, walked outside to find a bobcat staring at her.

The attack left Phillips with puncture wounds on her hands and some broken fingers, along with cuts and bruises on her body.

"He's biting the daylights out of me and I'm thinking I can't let him go", Phillips said.

She believes if she hadn't killed the rabid animal, it would have killed her.

She is also undergoing treatment for rabies after the bobcat tested positive for the deadly virus.

"My son stabbed it four or five times", she said, "but it never budged so I knew it was completely dead".

Her home is in the middle of soybean fields, so she never expected to encounter a bobcat.

The Athens-Banner Herald said Phillips' cousin Amy Leann Mize has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to help her cover her rabies shots.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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