A Georgia grandmother claims she strangled a rabid bobcat to death after it jumped on her in an unprovoked attack.
DeDe Phillips, of Hart County, was taking a picture of a new bumper sticker that she placed on her truck when she heard the neighbor’s dog frantically begin to bark. When she looked around, she saw a bobcat just steps away. The feline then “took two steps and was on top of me. … It came for my face,” Phillips, 46, told the Athens Banner-Herald.
“It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there. I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat. I knew that was the only way I was getting out of this,” she recalled.
Phillips told the publication she then began squeezing the cat’s neck, forcing herself not to scream because her 5-year-old granddaughter was inside her home. She was fearful the cat would attack the young girl if she came outside.
After the cat appeared to be lifeless, Phillips yelled for her daughter-in-law and told her to call 911.
Shortly after, her son also arrived at the scene with a gun and a knife.
“My son stabbed it four or five times, but it never budged so I knew it was completely dead,” she told Athens Banner-Herald.
Deputies with the Hart County Sheriff’s Office later arrived, as did an ambulance to take Phillips to a local hospital, though she decided to drive herself. There, she was treated for a broken finger, as well as claw and bite marks to a large part of her upper body, including her chest, arms and legs, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Officials told WJCL that the bobcat tested positive for rabies. Phillips has paid $10,000 for rabies vaccinations thus far.
On a fundraising page to help Phillips pay for the medical expenses, her family described her as a “lady who would give you the shirt off her back and will drop whatever she is doing to come help.”
“She loves hard and is one heck of a woman! She is also having to go to a orthopedic doctor about her hands. She currently has very little use of them and is in a lot of pain,” the post continued.
But despite her injuries, Philips told The Hartwell Sun that she’s thankful no one else was injured.
“Thank God I am not a little woman,“ she said.“Thank God it wasn’t my daughter-in-law or my granddaughter.”
”I am not involved in inter/intra party politics” – Pastor Adeboye denies begging Tinubu on behalf of Ambode
There have been reports that the former Lagos state governor Bola Tinubu, had allegedly decided to stop Ambode’s bid for a second term in office by replacing him with Babajide Sanwoolu. This according to the same report, led to an alleged phone conversation between Pastor Adeboye and Tinubu, in which the general overseer begged Tinubu not to dump Ambode.
But in a statement issued on Pastor Adeboye’s social media accounts, RCCG General Overseer has denied ever making the call.
“Our attention has been drawn to news making the rounds from dailies especially the New Telegraph that Pastor E.A Adeboye, the General Overseer of the RCCG had a recent phone conversation with the Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“We would like to inform the general public that this is false and Pastor E.A Adeboye has not and would not be involved in inter/intra party politics in Nigeria and anywhere RCCG is present across the world. Pastor E.A Adeboye advises all well meaning Nigerians just like him to get their PVCs and exercise their civic duty.
Pope Francis expels Chilean priest Christian Precht amid sex abuse scandal
Pope Francis has expelled the Chilean priest Cristian Precht Bañados who is under investigation for child sex abuse.
The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend, Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.
Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile. The well-known Chilean religious leader has since been accused of sexual abuse as part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers religious community. Precht has previously denied the charges.
Precht’s defrocking is the first formal resignation the Pope has decreed since every bishop in Chile offered to step down in May over the country’s sex abuse scandal. The move is thought to be unprecedented in the modern history of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis announcement comes as Chilean police raid church offices throughout the Andean nation looking for new cases of sexual abuse or evidence that church officials concealed abuse from authorities.
Buhari presiding over a divided Nigeria, says Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is currently overseeing a divided Nigeria.
Saraki, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said this in Abeokuta , Ogun State on Monday.
He was in the state to meet with PDP delegates ahead of the next month presidential primary.
The former Governor was accompanied by a leader of R-APC Kawu Baraje, ex-governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, Director-General of his campaign organization, Muhammad Wakil and a Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.
Saraki said Nigeria no longer need a sectional leader like President Buhari.
“Today in Nigeria, we are here at the crossroads. The country is divided and to unite the country, we need someone who will make everybody feel a sense of belonging.
“Today, there is no sense belonging in some parts of the country.
“We need a president that rules and represents Nigeria. We want a president where everybody will say they belong here. Where there is no unity, there can never be progress.
“After unity, we can talk about development and progress.
“A lot of our people are suffering because you cannot give what you don’t have. We need a visionary leader. It is time for us in Nigeria to have a visionary leader. We need a man that has the ability and that can perform.
“Today, there is a new order over the world; we have seen it in Asia, America, and Europe. We are seeing people bringing in new, dynamic and energetic presidents and more importantly, digital presidents.
“When we talk about insecurity, it takes a courageous leader to say this is right and this is wrong, this is fair and this is unfair.
“It is time we have a leader that will stand for justice, to do things the way it needs to be done. We should stop saying presidents can only come from one part of the country.
“We should start asking who is more capable, who is ready to carry the people along?” Saraki added.
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