Arizona woman describes attack by rabid bobcat


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on April 30, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 1:41 PM

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SHOW LOW, Ariz. -- Arizona lab tests confirm the bobcat that attacked a woman in Show Low this week was, indeed, rabid.

Kaitlynn Lusk said the wild animal lunged at her when she got out of her car Sunday night.

"I was in pain. I could feel the claws ripping through my flesh. I was scared I'd die if it crawled up my neck," Lusk told 3TV on Tuesday.

She said when she first saw the cat, she thought it was a normal house cat. After it "screamed," she said she knew she was in trouble.

The rabid bobcat knocked Lusk to the ground, but she fought back.

"I got up, grabbed its head, clamped its jaw down as hard as I could. The whole time it was scratching my arms and legs, but I body slammed it to the ground and stunned it a bit."

Lusk ran back into her car, and the bobcat took off.

A Navajo County sheriff's deputy ran it over, after it charged his patrol car.

Lusk says she has since had 50 shots, many directly into the puncture wounds and scratches.


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