U.S. woman fights off rabid bobcat, strangling it with bare hands

U.S. woman fights off rabid bobcat, strangling it with bare hands

A Georgia grandmother has told of surviving a 'surprise' bobcat attack while working in the front yard of her home in rural Hart County, an hour north of Athens.

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.

Phillips said the almost 40-pound bobcat then landed on her chest and charged at her face. "I grabbed it by the shoulders and pushed it back away from me...and I took it down".

"As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it", she told CBS 46-TV. Phillips said the bobcat attacked after she snapped a picture of it.

The almost 40-pound animal jumped five feet and landed on her chest, and started attacking her face. "I wasn't dying today".

Phillips says she was afraid of calling for help because her 5-year-old granddaughter was in the house.

Phillips suffered a broken finger and several bite and claw wounds to her hands, arms, chest and legs.

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As the large feline clawed her, the adrenaline kicked in and she made a decision to strangle it, she says.

'It never budged, so I knew it was completely dead, ' she said.

A rabid bobcat was no match for this Georgia granny. "I was scared ... that my granddaughter would come out and I didn't want that to happen", she says.

She is also undergoing treatment for rabies after the bobcat tested positive for the deadly virus. "If she would have came out it would have killed her".

Once the animal stopped moving, Phillips yelled for someone to call 911.

A Fundly campaign has been set up to raise money for Phillips' medical expenses.

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