The quiet subdivision where Happy and Christie Wade lived in Burgaw, NC, just before the attack on Bobakat, was the very picture of suburban peace.
Mr. Wade was carrying a brown pan, and Ms. Wade was carrying her cat, Caroline Faith, in a carrier. It was Friday morning, and they went to a vet in Wilmington, about 25 miles away, for a regular appointment.
“Good morning,” Mr. Wade said pleasantly to a Gujar jogger before commenting, “I need to wash my car.”
When Ms. Wade says that she has heard an angry surge. He thought it was just a neighborhood cat. But it was a bobcat crawling under a car in the driveway.
In an interview she said, “I won’t forget to look into that cat’s eyes soon.” “Its sights were set on me, and when I ran.”
“Father, father! Father, father!” She screamed as Babkat dipped her teeth in her left hand and then crawled over her back and over her shoulder.
This attack was captured by the home security camera of the Weds a video Mr. Wade aired it all over the Internet after sharing it with his boss, who then shared it with someone else, whose nephew put it on Tickcock, Ms. Wade said.
The 46-second clip sheds light on Mr. Wade’s second reaction to his wife’s scream.
Mr. Wade ran to his wife, pulled Babak from his back and held the animal with his bare hands, as he was scorched and aggravated.
“Oh, my God, it’s a bobcat!” He shouted.
Then he threw the animal in the lawn.
“Go out! Go out! Go out!” Mr. Wade, who has a concealed permit, shouted before taking out the pistol. But Bobakat struck back under the car. Using an exitive, Mr. Wade yelled that he would “shoot” the animal and warned Jogger to stay away.
“Take care!” he said. “This is a bobcat that has attacked my wife.”
Ms. Wade said that after the clip was over, Mr. Wade shot the bobcat, as did a sheriff deputy who responded to the 911 call.
The Pender County Sheriff Office confirmed that a bobcat had been killed in the Creekside subdivision of Burgaw on April 9. Testing at the North Carolina State Public Laboratory of Public Health confirmed the animal was insane, the sheriff’s office said.
Ms. Wade said her husband was not happy with the shooting of the bobcat. The pair have two cats and a dog and serve on the board of a local human society, Ms. Wade said.
“We are animal lovers and it was very difficult for my husband to do this,” she said. “It charged back. He knew that he had no other choice. “
Later, Ms. Wade said that she and Mr. Wade found out that Bobakat had attacked another neighbor about 10 minutes earlier.
Ms. Wade said that she and Mr. Wade went to the emergency room after the attack. He said he had bite marks on his hand, scratches on his arm, claw marks on the back and other wounds. Her husband had bite marks on his hand and deep scratches. Both were given antibiotics and the rabies vaccine.
Ted Stankovich, a behavioral ecologist specializing in mammals at California State University, Long Beach, said he was “really shocked” by the video.
Bobcats, which live in most parts of the United States, generally evade humans and hunt rodents, rabbits and reptiles, he said.
Dr. “Any crazy animal is going to be far more aggressive around humans,” said Stankovich. “But a normal bobac usually doesn’t come in such a neighborhood, in the suburb, let alone attack that person.”
Ms. Wade said that if her husband had not intervened, her injuries could have been worse.
“He saved my life,” she said. “If he wasn’t there, I don’t know where I would have been or what size I would have been.”
Ms Wade said she was “not in the least bit surprised” that Mr Wade had harmed himself that morning.
“He’s just like that person,” he said. “We have been married for 30 years. I met him when I was 15 years old, and there was never any doubt in my life how much he loves me and how much he will do for me. “