Officials later informed Phillips that the bobcat tested positive for rabies.
A Georgia grandmother claims she strangled a rabid bobcat to death after jumped on her in an unprovoked attack.
The Philips of Hart County is taking a picture of a new bumper stick placed them on her truck when she heard the neighbor’s dog frantically starts barking. As she looked around, she saw a bobcat just a few steps away. The feline then “took two steps and was on top of me. … It came to my face,” the 46-year-old told the Athens Banner-Herald.
“It caught me a bit on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage. I took him immediately to the ground and started inching my hands to her throat. I knew that the only way I was from,” she recalled.
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Philips told the publication when she started squeezing the cat’s neck, forcing himself not to scream, because her 5-year-old granddaughter was in her house. She was afraid the cat would attack the girl if she came outside.
After the cat appeared to be lifeless, Philips screamed that her daughter-in-law and told her to call 911.
Shortly thereafter, her son also arrived on the scene with a gun and a knife.
“My son stabbed four or five times, but never budged so I knew that it was completely dead,” she told the Athens Banner-Herald.
Deputies with the Hart County Sheriff’s Office later arrived, just as an ambulance to take Philips to a local hospital, although they decided to drive themselves. There, she was treated for a broken finger and claw and bite marks in a large part of her torso, including her chest, arms and legs, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
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The officials told WJCL that the bobcat tested positive for rabies, causing Philips to pay $10,000 for rabies vaccinations so far.
On a donation page to help Phillips pay for the medical costs, her family described her as a “lady who would give you the shirt off her back and let what she is doing to come and help.”
“She loves hard and is a heck of a woman! She is also having to go to a orthopedic doctor about her hands. She currently has very little use of them and it is a lot of pain,” the post continued.
But despite her injuries, Philips told The Hartwell Sun that she is grateful no one else was injured.
“Thank God that I am not a small woman,” she said.”Thank God, it was not my daughter-in-law or my granddaughter.”
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.