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Florida man strangles rabid bobcat that attacked him

Updated: June 20, 2007, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

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 ...

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