A man in Grant-Valkaria, Florida, recently saved his wife and dog from serious injury after he beat back an attacking bobcat with a large piece of wood. Although the animal slunk into the woods after the attack, local officials are urging area residents to be on alert for potentially dangerous wildlife in the immediate future, CBS affiliate WTSP reports.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. when the man, Rich Arnold, noticed his wife being attacked at the couple's mailbox. His wife suffered several bite wounds to the ankle before the bobcat turned its attention toward the Arnolds' small dog, which is when Rich decided to take action.
"I attacked it with a 4-by-4 and then a broom," he told the news source. Animal control officials say that the animal was likely infected with rabies or some other illness, so Arnold's wife had to receive shots for the disease in addition to stitches.
Individuals who live in the area of an aggressive animal or face the potential of such an attack may want to carry an animal repellent or pepper spray. The device has shown to make it difficult for some animals to see and breathe.