A rabid bobcat lurking in his Brookfield, Massachusetts garage proved dangerous but luckily not fatal for 53-year old Roger Mundell, Jr..
According to the New York Daily News, the wild animal, estimated to weigh about 30 pounds, jumped onto the unsuspecting Mundell as he entered his garage on Sunday morning.
The bobcat repeatedly scratched Mundell’s shoulders and face, but Mundell managed to escape by removing his jacket and running from the building. Unfortunately, the bobcat made chase and encountered Mundell’s wife and teenage nephew standing just outside.
“It only took a split second for him to be on me,” Mr Mundell told Boston’s WHDH-TV. “I didn’t have time to process it.”
“I was bleeding all over the place,” said Mundell. “It wanted us bad. It obviously was rabid.”
After the animal bit his nephew, Mundell and the boy managed to beat the creature with a metal crutch while his wife retrieved a pistol kept in their home and used it to shoot the animal dead. Officials said that the animal’s behavior was a good indicator that it was rabid.
Mundell 53, his wife and his nephew were all treated for rabies at the local hospital because both men were bitten and his wife came into contact with the bobcat’s blood.
in 2007 an elderly man survived a vicious bobcat attack by strangling the creature, according to FOX News.
A 62-year-old Florida man depended on his instincts when a bobcat attacked him, and it paid off — he survived, the bobcat didn’t.
Dale Rippy, a resident of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was pulling trashcans back to his house May 30 when he saw what he thought was a large cat. After realizing the animal was actually a bobcat, he set the trashcans down and prepared for an attack.
The animal then jumped on him and began to scratch and bite. Rippy said he knew if he could get a good hold on the animal, he would be able to choke it, even if that meant letting the bobcat take a couple of bites.
“I started choking it when got a good hold,” he said. “I choked it ‘til he died. I got scratched up pretty good.”
Adult males can range in weight from 14 to 40 lbs, with an average of 21 lbs; females at 4 to 8.8 to 34 lbs, with an average of 15 lbs. The largest bobcat accurately measured on record weighed 49 lbs, although unverified reports have them reaching 60 lbs.