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Bobcat In Garage Mauling Had Rabies

The bobcat that attacked a man and his nephew in their garage had rabies, officials in Massachusetts have confirmed.

"The bobcat has been proven to be rabid," announced Stephen Comtois, Brookfield town board chairman.

He warned local people to be "on high alert for wildlife", according to the Worcester Telegram.

Roger Mundell Jr had described how all he heard on Sunday evening was a hiss before the wild cat pounced on him.

It sank its teeth into his face and its claws in his back.

The bobcat then ran out of the garage in Brookfield and bit Mr Mundell's 15-year-old nephew on the arms and back.

"It only took a split second for him to be on me," Mr Mundell told Boston's WHDH-TV. "I didn't have time to process it."

Mr Mundell and his wife eventually pinned the cat to the ground with a walking stick and shot it dead with a handgun.

His wife was not bitten but she came into contact with the animal's blood.

All three were already being treated for rabies as a precaution, given the bobcat's unusual behaviour.

Health officials said the positive result was expected.

"We were not surprised because the animal was so aggressive," they said.

Bobcats are generally twice the size of an average domestic house cat.

They can grow to more than a metre (40ins) in length and can weigh up to 14kg (30lb).