Kristi and Happy Wade are on the mend after being attacked by a bobcat in the driveway of their North Carolina home in a viral and savage video that shocked social media.
Early in the morning of April 9, the couple were getting into their car to take their cat to the vet when a bobcat jumped on Kristi’s back and bit her, prompting her husband to throw a tray of brownies and run. around the SUV to help him. . Happy was also bitten while arguing over the wild animal, which he was able to throw on their lawn and escape danger. The wild surprise was captured by a home security camera and has since been viewed more than 12 million times since it hit Twitter last week.
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Law enforcement arrived at Wade’s home, where officers killed the cat, WECT reports. His body was sent to Raleigh State Laboratory, where tests revealed he was positive for rabies. Because the bobcat bit both Happy and Kristi on multiple occasions, the Burgaw couple received rabies treatment – including many vaccines – to fight the virus.
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Now the Wades have spoken about the overnight hype and their recovery from the cat attack. Speaking to USA Today in an interview posted Tuesday, Kristi said that she and her husband now wish the video had never been released and couldn’t even go to church without being approached by the must-see moment. .
“They jokingly called us, ‘These are celebrities,’ but we don’t feel like celebrities,” Kristi confessed. “We wish the video had never been shared, but it was, so now we’re dealing with it.”
Kristi, 52, said she was bitten three times by the rabid animal and suffered more than 20 puncture wounds, while the cat bit Happy, 56, three times as well.
Although the couple were hospitalized within an hour of the attack and immediately began receiving antibiotics, the painful process took its toll. The Wades received a total of 35 vaccines in 14 days after being exposed to the viral disease, which can be fatal.
“I told the nurse it was almost as bad as being attacked by the cat,” Kristi told the outlet.
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The woman says the response to her husband’s immediate reaction to pulling a handgun and shooting the bobcat has been mixed, with some commentators criticizing the man for attempting to kill the animal. However, Happy insists he knew something was wrong with the cat, as he viciously attacked them out of nowhere and also seemed to be underweight.
“Unfortunately, we had to put the cat down, but this cat was in pain, and it was the right thing to do,” he told USA Today.
The Wades refer to themselves as animal lovers and are involved in the local Pender County Humane Society. They are also the proud parents of a rescue dog and two rescue cats.
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As for the lessons learned, Happy hopes the wild tale will remind others to get their pets vaccinated against rabies. Plus, he’s grateful that he’s been there to protect his wife in this surreal situation. The couple have been married for almost 30 years and have known each other since their teenage years.
“I’m lucky enough to have married someone who looks like me. Not everyone can say that,” Happy said of his wife. “I just think I’m a loving husband, who was lucky enough to marry the right girl.”