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Bobcat attacks and husband takes action

Kristi Wade credits her husband, Happy Wade, with the ability to save her life when a bobcat attacked her in her North Carolina driveway.

Just before the Bobcat attack, the quiet subdivision Happy and Kristi Wade live in in Burgaw, North Carolina, was the epitome of suburban tranquility.

Mr Wade was carrying a pan of brownies and Mrs Wade was carrying her cat, Caroline Faith, in a porter. It was a Friday morning and they were on their way to a vet in Wilmington, about 25 miles away, to make a routine appointment.

"Hello," said Mr. Wade cheerfully to a passing jogger before noticing, "I need to wash my car.

Then Mrs. Wade said she heard an angry growl. She thought it was just a neighborhood cat. But it was a rabid bobcat that came out from under a car in the driveway.

"I won't forget the look in this cat's eyes anytime soon," she said in an interview. "He had his back turned to me and there I ran.

"Oh my god! Oh my god!" She yelled as the bobcat sunk its teeth into her left hand and then crawled over her back and over her shoulder.

The attack was targeted by the Wades security camera

The second clip showed Mr. Wade's reaction in a split second to his wife's screams. href = "Mr.Wader ran to his wife, took the bobcat off his back and held the animal with bare hands in the air, turned and growled." Oh my god, it's a bobcat! he cried. Then he threw the animal on the lawn. "Out! Out! Out!" He cried. But the bobcat came back under the car. With a curse, Mr. Wade yelled that he was going to "shoot" the animal and warned the jogger to stay away. "Danger!" he said. "It was a bobcat that attacked my wife. After the clip was done, Mr. Wade, who has a hidden shipping permit, pulled out his pistol and shot the bobcat, just like a sheriff's deputy who answered a 911 call said Ms. Wade. The Pender County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a bobcat was killed in the Creekside Subdivision in Burgaw on April 9. Tests at the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health confirmed the animal was rabid, the sheriff's office said Ms. Wade said her husband was not happy slaughtering the bobcat. The couple have two cats and a dog and are on the board of directors of a local humanitarian company, Ms. Wade said. "We come from. It's an animal lover and it's been very difficult for my husband to do that, ”she says. “He had charged himself. He knew he had no choice. Ms. Wade later said that she and Mr. Wade learned that the bobcat attacked another neighbor about 10 minutes earlier. Ms. Wade said that she and Mr. Wade went to the emergency room after the attack. She had bite marks on her hand, scratches on her arm, scratch marks on her back and other injuries, she said. Her husband had bite marks on his hand and deep scratches. They both received antibiotics and the rabies vaccine, she said. Ted Stankowich, a mammalian behavioral ecologist at California State University in Long Beach, said he was "really shocked" by the video. Bobcats, who live in most of the United States, generally avoid humans and do not rodents, rabbits, and reptiles, he said. "Any rabid animal will be much more aggressive towards humans," said Dr. Stankowich. “But a common bobcat wouldn't normally get into a neighborhood like this, into the suburbs, let alone attack such a person. Ms. Wade said her injuries could have been much worse if her husband hadn't intervened. "He saved my life," she said. “If he hadn't been there, I don't know where I would be or what shape I would have been in. I don't know how I could have helped myself. Ms. Wade added that she was "not at all surprised" that Mr. Wade had put himself in danger this morning. "That's exactly the kind of person he is," she said. “We have been married for 30 years. I met him when I was 15 and there was never any doubt in my life how much he loves me and how much he would do for me. "