Just before the bobcat attacked, the quiet subdivision where Happy and Kristi Wade live in Burgaw, N.C., was the very picture of suburban tranquillity.
Mr. Wade was carrying a pan of brownies, and Ms. Wade was carrying their cat, Caroline Faith, in a carrier. It was a Friday morning, and they were on their way to a veterinarian in Wilmington, about 25 miles away, for a routine appointment.
“Good morning,” Mr. Wade said cheerfully to a passing jogger before remarking, “I need to wash my car.”
That’s when Ms. Wade said she heard an angry growl. She thought it was just a neighborhood cat. But it was a rabid bobcat crawling out from under a car in the driveway.
a video that ricocheted across the internet after Mr. Wade shared it with his boss, who shared it with someone else, whose nephew put it on TikTok, Ms. Wade said.
The 46-second clip has put a spotlight on Mr. Wade’s split-second reaction to his wife’s screams.
Mr. Wade ran to his wife, pulled the bobcat off her back and held the animal aloft with his bare hands, as it writhed and growled.
“Oh, my God, it’s a bobcat!” he screamed.
Then he hurled the animal across the lawn.
“Get out! Get out! Get out!” he shouted. But the bobcat darted back under the car. Using an expletive, Mr. Wade shouted that he would “shoot” the animal and warned the jogger to stay away.