GEORGIA (WCMH) - - A Georgia woman suffered bites and scratches after a rabid bobcat attacked her outside her house.
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.
Last Thursday, Phillips says she walked outside her Hart County, Georgia home and saw a bobcat under her SUV.
"I snapped a picture and about that time the bobcat took two steps. Maybe two maybe three and he leaps," said Phillips.
The nearly 40-pound animal jumped five feet and landed on her chest, and started attacking her face.
"And his face gets mean. A little snag right there. Before he got a good bit there I grabbed him," said Phillips.
She says she was struggling not to scream.
"My five-year-old granddaughter was in the house and I didn't want her coming out. If she would have came out it would have killed her," said Phillips.
She fought to get a good grip around its neck while it bit her arms, legs, fingers and face.
"He's biting the daylights out of me and I'm thinking I can't let him go," Phillips said.
Once the bobcat stopped moving, she yelled for someone to call 911. When police arrived, she said her arms and legs were numb, but her hands were still gripped around the bobcat’s neck.
She says her son stabbed the bobcat as deputies arrived.
Phillips is recovering and being treated for a rabies infection.
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