An 80 year old New Hampshire woman, Elsie Dabrowski, was trimming some grass with a scythe when she was attacked and mauled by a rabid bobcat. She used the implement to drive the animal off, but needed 60 stitches and will undergo a series of rabies shots.
From Union Leader.com:
Elsie Dabrowski went out to her chicken coop Sunday night as she does every night around dusk, closed up the coop and bent down to cut weeds with a sickle, said her son, Gene Dabrowski.
The animal lunged at Elsie, bit her left cheek, scratched her throat and bit her back.
“I kept thinking why? Why is it attacking me? It attacked me for no reason. I thought, ‘Why, why,’” said Elsie, a former Marine, on Monday evening.
Elsie beat the cat off her with the sickle, and Gene’s five dogs chased it under a nearby porch. He lives only 300 feet away in a separate house, heard the commotion, rushed to the scene and killed the animal with two blasts of a shotgun.
On Monday afternoon, state health officials informed the Dabrowskis that the bobcat was rabid, Gene said.
Once a Marine, Always a Marine. I have a feeling that Elsie’s “never say die” attitude has served her well more than once over her 80 years.