DeDe Phillips is being treated for rabies at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a bobcat attack. She also sustained bite and claw wounds to her hands, arms, chest and legs. (Credit: Athens Banner-Herald)
She told the newspaper she walked outside that night with the intent of snapping a photo of a new bumper sticker on her truck. The sticker aptly reads: “Women who behave rarely make history.”
Instead, she turned her attention to the bobcat.
“I saw the cat and I took a picture,” Phillips told the Banner-Herald. “The cat took two steps and was on top of me. ... It came for my face.”
She said once her hands found the animal’s throat, she squeezed and didn’t let go. She was afraid of calling for help because her 5-year-old granddaughter was in the house, the newspaper reported.
Eventually, when she suspected the animal was dead, Phillips yelled for her daughter-in-law to call 911. She finally released her grip after her son arrived to relieve her.
“My son stabbed it four or five times, but it never budged so I knew it was completely dead,” Phillips told the newspaper.
Her cousin, Amy Leann Mize, has set up a fundraising page to help with the expense of Phillips' rabies shots.