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.”
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.
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.