A Georgia grandmother was stepping outside her home to take a picture when she was attacked by a rabid bobcat.
DeDe Phillips walked out to her front yard in Hart County around dinnertime intending to take a picture of a new bumper sticker on her truck, reports the Athens Banner-Herald and the Hartwell Sun.
"My first thought [was] not today!"
'They go for your jugular. when they can get the vein you're dead in a couple of minutes, ' she said, noting she was careful not to yell until the cat was subdued, because she didn't want her 5-year-old granddaughter to come outside. She was afraid of calling for help, she said, because her five-year-old granddaughter was in the house. "I knew that was the only way I was getting out of this", she said.
Due to the encounter, Phillips suffered broken fingers on both her hands and cuts and bruises all over her body.
She is also undergoing treatment for rabies after the bobcat tested positive for the deadly virus.
These animal rescuers found out that the kittens they had rescued were actually bobcat cubs.
Like this story? Share it with a friend! As a result, she knew something about the animal's behavior. She didn't scream during the fight, for fear of waking her grandchild.
"I started praying, don't let her come to the door", said Phillips. But he's biting the daylights out of me and I'm thinking, 'I can't let him go.
Phillips' cousin set up a Fundly.com account to raise money for her medical expenses; she's already collected $24,200 as of Saturday afternoon.
The newspaper reported that Phillips' son used a knife to stab the animal and make sure it was dead.
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