Updated: April 20, 2021 5:51:31 pm
What started as a usual morning routine for a couple in Burgaw, North Carolina quickly turned into a horrifying event as the wife was suddenly attacked by what appears to be a ‘bobcat’. Now, a video of the man, who managed to fend off the animal from his front driveway, has taken social media by storm.
The clip started with a friendly man greeting his neighbour while holding a box of brownies and coffee in his hand. As he got to his car saying he needed to wash it, his wife was seen walking in with a pet carrier. Suddenly, the scene took a dramatic turn when a growling feline was heard from beneath the car and then his wife screamed for help.
The dramatic events captured on a home surveillance camera showed the man holding the animal to have a closer look and immediately realising what it is. Without wasting any time, he was seen grabbing the bobcat and hurling it across the lawn. He screamed for people to take cover and as the animal again ran under the car, he was heard saying he’s going to kill it.
Take a look here: [Disclaimer: Strong language, viewers discretion is advised]
The video is going viral across social media sites, and the one shared on Twitter with over 11 million views. “This was a wild 46 seconds,” the Twitter user wrote while sharing the clip.
This was a wild 46 seconds pic.twitter.com/jIHQg0G4qU
— Sada (@Evi3Zamora) April 15, 2021
While some raised concerns about the way the animal was thrown to the ground, others defended the man saying anyone would save their family first in case of a vicious attack. And while a few social media users were skeptical if at all it was a bobcat or just a stray feline, local reports confirmed it was indeed a bobcat but it could also had rabies.
TMZ reported that Pender County Sherriff’s Office got a 911 call from a neighbour who informed the force about the situation and said that the woman required medical attention. The woman on call also added that “he is standing there…yeah with a gun”.
According to a report by WECT 6 News, “The bobcat was eventually killed by law enforcement and its body sent to the state lab in Raleigh where it tested positive for rabies.” The report said that the man’s wife received a number of puncture wounds and scratches and was bitten several times. According to the man, the animal bit him too three times.
Both the man and his wife — identified as Happy and Kristi Wade — have gone through the treatment for rabies and have both received over 30 shots each, the report added. He did shoot the cat once to control the situation.
“I’m not happy that this happened, we don’t take any pleasure that I shot the cat,” the man said. “I knew when I realized it was a bobcat, having been born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and hunting all my life, you know, that’s just not normal,” he added.
However, others couldn’t stop joking how quickly things escalated sharing memes and GIFs to sum-up the situation. Some even went ahead and edited the clip with suitable background music, with many drawing parallels to the man holding the bobcat with that of a scene from The Lion King.
It all started with “Good morning” https://t.co/mU4p0SL6sE
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) April 16, 2021
thought about it all night and I’ve decided the best part of the bobcat video is when it loops back around and you hear his pleasant “Good morning!” https://t.co/fN8DyfMmT9
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) April 16, 2021
Dude deserves a medal and that street named after him https://t.co/hIWil3PYlR
— Will Compton (@_willcompton) April 16, 2021
This is the best movie I’ve seen this year. https://t.co/by2pyoLTN0
— Japers’ Rink (@JapersRink) April 16, 2021
This is like a mini Clint Eastwood movie. Domesticated suburban male with his minivan, his wife’s 7-layer dip, his little go-cup of coffee – then his family comes under attack from a wild animal and something is awakened inside him. It’s thrilling. https://t.co/H3XSfOU5tO
— Caitlin Flanagan (@CaitlinPacific) April 16, 2021
They had me at the brownies and it just got better from there. https://t.co/1ccMtIaWts
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) April 16, 2021
He held that bobcat up like simba before he – and I’ve never said this in my life – performed the worst bobcat toss ever. https://t.co/DrwtcjYhl5
— DC (@DaneCook) April 16, 2021
It’s how he went from happy go lucky hubby ( ‘ good morning!’) and carefree hubby( ‘ I’ve gotta wash my car’) to caveman protect the wife and ‘shoot that f*cker’! in less than 30 secs for me. Go hubby because I was terrified right with her! 😍 #husbandappreciationday
— Danee (Writer) (@DaneeRiggs) April 16, 2021
Currently adding “will pull a bobcat off me” to my list of requirements pic.twitter.com/eF71I9Qbfg
— BIG KEI 🇯🇲 (@YoungCurryPowda) April 15, 2021
My guy just won every argument with his wife for the rest of their marriage.
“Remember that time I pulled that bobcat off you? Mmhmm. YOU take the trash out. “
— Jason Robinson (@jrobins540) April 16, 2021
I knew this was gonna be wild as soon as I heard him say he needs to wash his car lmao
— Zariennn (@TGDarien) April 15, 2021
The “good morning” at the beginning sets the tone. They had no idea what was about to happen next. LMAO.
— TAYLOR (@thetaylornikole) April 15, 2021
— Margaret Vincent (@Antof9) April 15, 2021
The security camera watching everything unfold like: pic.twitter.com/F7QQKMaAGN
— Pat Harrington (@bandeauxpat) April 15, 2021
Bobcat under the car like: pic.twitter.com/CUpY70QNDC
— . (@BREEZEoBREEZE) April 15, 2021
The bobcat when dude threw him through the air… pic.twitter.com/GGow5vFmGX
— 🦁🌟Samurai Black🌟🦁 (@BushidoEvans) April 16, 2021
Crying 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/u1f98wenNo
— angelique 🈶 (@jaded2x) April 15, 2021
Here you go: pic.twitter.com/fzAmUyKHfN
— Da’ Gamer Dude🎮 (@nayloroad) April 16, 2021
Best I could do on short notice pic.twitter.com/zPmIfWvWsA
— Savage with the Glasses (@mall_ll) April 16, 2021
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