‘I think a little differently now when I go out,’ woman says on 1st anniversary of viral bobcat attack

Burgaw resident Happy Wade throws a bobcat after it attacks his wife.

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A rabid bobcat attack in Burgaw went viral online last year, and Saturday marks exactly one year later.

Video of a bobcat attacking Kristi Wade as she walked to her car with her cat in a carrying case has gone viral.

Her husband, Happy, took the bobcat from her and threw it in the yard. Both were bitten by the bobcat and Happy made the decision to shoot the animal, which later tested positive for rabies.

“Most people praised my husband for what he did, very grateful for his actions. It wasn’t funny, there was nothing funny about the event at first, but we got been able to – throughout this year, find some humor in what happened and be able to laugh a little bit about some things,” said Bobcat-attacked Kristi Wade.

The Wades received dozens of shots to cure them of rabies, and Kristi says the couple will never forget the traumatic experience.

“I try not to let it affect me too much when I walk in the door. It makes me think twice, when I go out. I try to park my car in my garage, drive in, then close the garage door when leaving. So I think a little differently now when I go out,” Wade said.

Wade said near their home they saw wildlife like raccoons, coyotes and bobcats, and the couple had a message for others in a similar environment.

“You know, trying to promote people taking care of their pets and getting them vaccinated. So that we don’t have any more cases of that, and there have been other cases, or at least another case of bobcat rabies in Pender County recently,” Wade said.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services offers guidance on what to do if you come across an animal that you suspect has rabies.

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