Speaking to Athens Banner-Herald, she said that the feline took two steps towards her and was on top of her. "I saw the cat and I took a picture". She was attacked in her driveway as her 5-year-old granddaughter slept inside. The authorities discovered that the bobcat was rabid, so they burned the blood that was spilled outside the house. "I started praying, don't let her come to the door", Phillips told WGCL-TV.
While it's devastating that Philips must live with the scars and trauma from this attack, it is likely that she will be regarded as a hero in her community for a long time to come, which makes the bumper sticker she was placing at the time all the more accurate.
A woman fought off a bobcat that attacked her and choked it until help arrived.
After rendering the bobcat unconscious and, presumably, dead, Phillips called for her daughter-in-law, who dialed 911.
Phillips went back inside to get her phone, then when she stepped back outside, there was a bobcat waiting for her.
Unfortunately, bringing down the bobcat was only half the battle for 46-year-old DeDe Phillips.
She continued: "It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there".
She believes if she hadn't killed the rabid animal, it would have killed her.
The newspaper reported that Phillips' son used a knife to stab the animal and make sure it was dead.
Phillips told the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper that she did not scream for help until she thought the animal was dead. Phillips anxious shouts and screams might bring the child outside, and give the bobcat a new target. 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.
According to CNN affiliate station WGCL, a bobcat pounced on Phillips just outside her residence in Hart County on Thursday, June 7. As it turns out, the animal tested positive for rabies, which means Phillips must undergo extensive treatment and surgery to keep her from becoming infected with the disease.
"It was either me or the cat and it was going to be the cat that day", Phillips told WYFF.