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Florida Man Strangles Rabid Bobcat(AP) WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. Dale Rippy says he was acting on instinct when a rabid 25-pound bobcat attacked him on his porch in this central Florida suburb.Rippy, 62, endured the bobcat's slashes and bites until it clawed into a position where he could grab it by the throat. Then he strangled it.Rippy said it was clear the crazed bobcat had to be stopped."I was bleeding everyplace," the Vietnam veteran said of the May 30 attack. "If that cat had attacked a child, it would've been really bad. It wouldn't have quit."Rippy's neighbors in this suburb 25 miles northeast of Tampa called for help. Tests showed the dead bobcat was rabid. Rippy was treated for exposure to rabies, and several bites and cuts.Authorities praised Rippy for clear thinking under pressure."We give this guy a lot of credit for what he did," said PascoCounty Animal Control Manager Denise Hilton. "The man was definitely using his head when he did that. If he let the cat go, we could have had more victims." (© 2007 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. )
Woman Kills Raccoon With Her Bare HandsBy Associated PressThu Aug 9, 11:14 PMCHESHIRE, Conn. - A woman killed a raccoon with her bare hands Thursday when the animal attacked a young boy. Officials with Cheshire animal control say the woman was walking in the woods around 11 a.m. with a group of children when the animal bit the 5-year-old son of a friend.She pulled the raccoon off the child, told the children to run home and strangled the animal, authorities said."She had the presence of mind to choke it," animal control officer April Leiler told the Record-Journal of Meriden. "She is one tough lady."The carcass was taken to a state laboratory in Hartford where it tested positive for rabies.The woman and the boy are undergoing rabies treatment. Their names have not been released.
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