Photo of bobcat taken by DeDe Phillips
A Georgia woman killed a rabid bobcat in her driveway last Thursday as her 5-year-old granddaughter slept inside.
“My first thought [was] not today! I wasn’t dying today,” DeDe Phillips told CBS46.
She said the bobcat attacked her just moments after she put a sticker on the back of her new truck that says “Women who behave rarely make history.”
Phillips walked inside to grab her iPhone to take a picture of the sticker.
She walked out to find the bobcat staring at her.
Seconds after she snapped a photo, it attacked.
“My neighbor’s dog was barking and it drew my attention,” she told OnlineAthens. “I saw the cat and I took a picture. The cat took two steps and was on top of me. … It came for my face.”
“As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it,” said Phillips. “When it got to [the] pole, it leaped on me…I grabbed it by the shoulders and pushed it back away from me…and I took it down.”
Phillips strangled the bobcat…with her bare hands.
“It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there,” she told OnlineAthens. “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.”
Her home is in the middle of soybean fields, so she never expected to encounter a bobcat. Authorities discovered the animal was rabid, and burned the blood left in her front yard.
Phillips, who has a broken finger and several bite and claw wounds, has begun a round of rabies shots at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
I’m a grandma and there are 4-6 foxes in my neighborhood that are killing cats day and night. I’m not doing that.
Woman did what needed to be done!
Luck for her that was a pretty
scrawny and very sick bob cat.
My wife owns cats and they can do
a lot of damage to you in a very
short period of time when they are
excited. Thankfully the lady didn’t
get hurt worse than she did.
I would have just shot it but you go grandma!
Menzo, agreed. I also say go grandma but I also would’ve just wasted the SOB with 00 buck.
it’s clear to me that youse two never been attacked by a cat. 30 years ago, i had a cat with kittens. a friend rang the doorbell, and i opened the door. there was his doberman standing next to him, not 6 feet from my mama cat. that cat climbed right up me like a tree, and latched onto my head with all 4 feet, and it dint take half a second. i pulled her off and threw her to the floor, and she ran right out the door and climbed a telephone pole…..stayed there all night too. i don’t know how you think she coulda pulled a gun, even if she HAD one? i would climb a tree naked, and slide all the way back down, before i tangled with a bobcat.
Watch out everyone for rabid animals. Your pet cats can become rabid, watch for aggressiveness and slobbering. Rabid Cats will generally extend their claws all the time, whereas normally they walk with them retracted.
Coons, possums can enter your pet’s food areas and transmit rabies to the food bowl or to the pet. Put only enough food out to satisfy the pet at a time. Excess food will attract wild animals.
Do not feed your pet dead animals, and road kill, some road kill could have been rabid. Bats are incredibly prone to rabidity. Coons are as well.
Any of these wild animals near your homestead should be discouraged from living near your home and pets. A good 22 caliber should discourage such pests. Wild animals should live in the wilderness, not near our homesteads, what grandma needs there in the story is a couple of grandsons to go out with a 22 and rout any varmints nearby.
great contribution, son! thank you.
Women who behave, rarely make history.
Women who behave rarely, make history.
A baseball bat would also make short work of the bobcat without risk of being bitten.
You do with what you got at the time!
Speaking of killing things- 54 people shot in Chicago last weekend, 9 dead.
A liberal gun free zone utopia.
can’t help but wonder, how many NEEDED killin’?
She is so lucky. A small house cat is all claws and
teeth with lightning speed when upset!!
Bobcats weigh about 35 pounds, don’t they??
I had a 2.5 pound chihuahua that I let out on a
“string leash” (in town) because she was prey
to many species in my neighbohood. If I let her out and she
sniffed the air and ran back in….I knew something was
Besides the owls, hawks, rabbits, rodents and 8 deer in the back woods.
There were coons, possums, wood chucks, skunks, wolves, ferral cats, bobcats,
and even cougars.
They must feel safe in a gun free zone!!!
Remember, everyone, women are the weaker sex. Just imagine what a real man could have done.
I’m not holding her biological reflexes against her, personally, but feel these stories are offered as social justice warrior narratives.
Go Granny go! A grandmother like that and Red Riding Hood wouldn’t have had a problem with the Big Bad Wolf!
Over the decades, I have killed several coons and skunks that were obviously rabid.
The technique that I have used I think minimizes the spread of the disease.
I have shotgunned the animal, dug the “grave”, picked up the carcass with a stick, thrown him in the hole, thrown the stick in the hole after him, covered him with dirt, and as a final step piled a large mound of sticks and tree limbs over the hole extended out several feet in all directions to discourage any dig ups by dogs or other digging animals that might get the scent.
@1:35 — ‘…has to receive anti-venin (?) drugs, as well as being teated for the rabies infection. Those treatments cost nearly $10,000.00 per round. She needs 10…’
(What I thought would be an inane timewaster.) Fabio on Tucker said that LA in 2018 is worse than Africa 30yrs ago.
It’s not a developed, free, first world country, where rabies can’t be treated in a free market.
Better get a second opinion those prices are way over. There is no venom in a bobcat. Little wonder we have the most expensive healthcare and are one of the sickest nations.