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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,284635,00.html

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. â€" A 62-year-old Florida man depended on his instincts when a bobcat attacked him, and it paid off â€" 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.

Having grown up on a farm, Rippy said he knew the bobcat would attack when it didn’t run away after seeing him.

“When it growled, I knew it was going to jump and bite me,†he said.

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.â€

Rippy never had to go to the hospital, but was examined at a doctor’s office due to puncture wounds on his stomach and scratches.

After the attack, his neighbor called the police, who then called animal control. After the animal was inspected, it was found to be infected with rabies.

Rippy said now, he and his neighbor that helped him after the attack have to have rabies shots.

“It attacked me because it was sick,†he said.

Rippy said he has lived in his home 25 miles north of Tampa for 13 years and, although he has seen a panther and other animals in the wooded area behind his house, that was the first time he had ever seen a bobcat.

He also said those around him were very surprised about the attack and how he saved himself by killing the animal.

“The bobcat was big enough that it could have really hurt somebody, especially since it hadrabies,†he said.
 

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And my wife wonders why I carry when we are walking around in the yard & cutting grass etc etc...

I think it would take one time of seeing a panther in the land around my home & instead of a pistol I'd be carrying the 12ga slung around my back!

Hmmm, that old retired USMC capt on the plane and now this old guy choking a bobcat to death.... Don't screw with the old guys!!

(unless ya got the drop on em :twisted: )
 

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This reminds me of a story I heard about 2 years ago. This guy in Africa was out in his field farming and a leopard attacks him. He was carrying a machete. Crazy old guy drops it and shoves his hand into the leopard's mouth and rips its tongue out. Good game.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/New ... 26,00.html
 

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Not a bobcat, but had to beat the snot of a pit bull couple years ago;

Was walking our old pit (10 yo at the time), wearing just a pair of jeans.
Time I heard it coming, the 80#, 2-3 yo red nose, it was on us. The dogs locked up but my old dog is well past his prime. Pulled them apart, kicked mine out of the way, and dove in on the perp. He got me several times, but I kept on beating (fists only).

Long story short, it must have looked like WWF in the middle of the street, with me body slamming him down the road.
Finally ran him off. Then had to go inside for a few cigs and a beer.
 

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spam_can said:
Not a bobcat, but had to beat the snot of a pit bull couple years ago;

Was walking our old pit (10 yo at the time), wearing just a pair of jeans.
Time I heard it coming, the 80#, 2-3 yo red nose, it was on us. The dogs locked up but my old dog is well past his prime. Pulled them apart, kicked mine out of the way, and dove in on the perp. He got me several times, but I kept on beating (fists only).

Long story short, it must have looked like WWF in the middle of the street, with me body slamming him down the road.
Finally ran him off. Then had to go inside for a few cigs and a beer.
After that you deserved a few cigs and some beer.
 
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