Rabid bobcat attacks grandmother, who throttles it to death

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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.

After strangling the cat and finding that it was lifeless, Phillips asked her daughter in law to ring up 911. "I snapped a picture and about that time the bobcat took two or three steps and leapt", she said. "I knew that was the only way I was getting out of this", she said.

Phillips says she grew up in the country, where her father-in-law was once a trapper of bobcats.

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But soon she realized that she could not kill the animal alone, so, she called out for help.

"My first thought [was] not today!" But he's biting the daylights out of me and I'm thinking, 'I can't let him go. She was attacked in her driveway as her 5-year-old granddaughter slept inside.

The woman is being treated for rabies and recovering from a broken finger and several bite and claw wounds to her hands, arms, chest and legs. But her plans changed when she spied a bobcat.

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Just moments before wrestling the wildcat last Thursday, Phillips put a sticker on the back of her new truck: "women who behave rarely make history".

She said it came for her face.

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.

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