Whoa, Nelly! This young grandmother does the most badass thing after being attacked by a bobcat!
She has a bumper sticker on her truck that reads, ‘Women who behave rarely make history’. In this case, it was a warning.
Only, bobcats can’t read.
Dede Phillips, a 46-year old grandmother of Hart County, Georgia, went outside to take a picture of that same bumper sticker when she was attacked by a rabid bobcat.
Here’s how it went down.
A rabid bobcat recently attacked a Hart County grandmother in her yard, spurring a furious battle that ended with the cat’s strangulation death.
“I thought, ‘Not today.’ There was no way I was going to die,” DeDe Phillips said Thursday as she recalled the attack that occurred June 7 at her home off Liberty Church Road.
Phillips has begun a round of rabies shots at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She also has a broken finger, and numerous bite and claw wounds to her hands, arms, chest and legs.
“I’m very lucky,” the 46-year-old woman said.
Phillips said that she had been working on her truck that afternoon and put the new bumper sticker on it. She went back out around 6 pm to photograph the bumper sticker and send it to her husband.
When she went outside, she heard the neighbor’s dog barking and saw the bobcat. With her phone already in hand, she took a photo of it. Afterward, it suddenly attacked her. Phillips says that it went for her face, but she managed to fight it off suffering numerous bites and scratches.
She knew it was either kill or be killed.
“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, but she never shouted for help because her 5-year-old granddaughter was in 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.
When the bobcat stopped moving, she shouted to her daughter-in-law to call her son and 911. Phillips was afraid of taking her hands off the cat because she wasn’t sure it was actually dead.
Her son arrived to help, but she didn’t want him to shoot it because she was still over the cat with her hands squeezing its neck. Instead, he stabbed it 3 or 4 times. When the bobcat didn’t move, Phillips was satisfied that it was actually dead.
After Hart County deputies and an ambulance arrived, Phillips drove herself to a hospital. She learned the next day the bobcat was rabid.
Phillips lives in a rural area near the Elbert County line and said she learned only recently a rabid skunk and rabid fox were found in the same area.
Phillips’ cousin Amy Leann Mize has set up an account in Fundly.com to raise money for Phillips medical expenses as the first round of rabies shots already have cost her $10,000. She also faces expenses for treatments to her wounds.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
This grandma took out a rabid bobcat!
That’s pretty badass!
Way to go, Grandma!
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