Dede Phillips who is 46 years old was clicking a picture of her car's new bumper sticker when a bobcat appeared and went for her face.
She managed to get her hands around the animal's throat and never let go. "I grabbed it by the shoulders and pushed it back away from me and I took it down right here". "As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it", said Phillips,".it leaped on me.
She says her son stabbed the bobcat as deputies arrived. As a result, she knew something about the animal's behavior and how to fight back. She added that the moment she saw the creature, the first thing that popped into her mind was "not today!"
"As he starts towards me, I threw my phone and he went mid-air and just about knocked me down", she said. She was afraid of calling for help, she said, because her five-year-old granddaughter was in the house.
The attack left Phillips with puncture wounds on her hands and some broken fingers, along with cuts and bruises on her body.
Phillips is recovering and being treated for a rabies infection.
A rabid bobcat was no match for this Georgia granny.
As the large feline clawed her, the adrenaline kicked in and she chose to strangle it, she says.
She said it came for her face. Also not clear is what would have led to the animal coming onto Phillips home and whether it may have been drawn there from the evisceration of its natural habitat at the hands of humans.... "If she would have came out it would have killed her".
Phillips' cousin set up a Fundly.com account to raise money for her medical expenses, including shots which are expected to cost around $10K.