Due to bites and scratches, the couple has received treatment to prevent rabies
A North Carolina couple was loading up their car to take their senior cat to a veterinarian when a wild bobcat attacked. Home security footage of the terrifying encounter has now gone viral.
In the footage, you see Kristi and Happy Wade walking to their SUV at their home in the Creekside subdivision in Burgaw. Happy mentions he needs to wash his car, and seconds later a wild bobcat can be heard growling before it runs up Kristi’s back and begins attacking her.
“As I came out of our garage, I heard a growl behind or beside one of our cars and I knew it was a cat because I know what a cat sounds like,” Kristi told WECT. “But it sounded like a very angry cat, so in the video I back up to see if I can see what it is and when I do the face of this bobcat came around the corner of the car.”
Happy then heroically pulls the cat off of her, carries it to his front lawn, and throws it as far as he can.
“I just remember seeing this face and it was trying to bite her right there in the side of the neck,” Happy told WECT. “And so I shoved my arm in.” That’s how he ended up holding the animal above his head.
In the video you can hear Happy screaming, “Oh my God, it’s a bobcat! Oh my God!” before he throws it several feet across the lawn. He then pulls out his sidearm and chases the cat around the car.
He said he thought throwing the cat would either make it run off, or give him enough time to shoot it.
Happy said the bobcat bit him several times.
A neighbor called 911 and told the operator that a cat too large to be a house cat had attacked Kristi and she needed medical attention, according to 911 logs by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.
At the time, the bobcat was still hiding under the vehicle in the driveway.
Happy knew something was wrong with the cat, he said, and was able to shoot it once and wound it.
“I’m not happy that this happened, we don’t take any pleasure that I shot the cat,” Happy said. “I knew when I realized it was a bobcat, having been born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and hunting all my life, you know, that’s just not normal.”
Law enforcement arrived and killed the bobcat, which ended up testing positive for rabies.
“This animal was very sick and I don’t know from experience but I understand rabies is a very terrible death for an animal,” Kristi said. “So this animal was already very sick.”
Kristi said she is very happy her husband was there and that he saved her life. Both have received the normal treatment of more than 30 shots for rabies.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.