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Rutland Herald, Rutland, Vt., 5/18/00

Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Edward Tuliper didn't typically receive visitors least of all wild animals in the wee hours of the night, but that's exactly what happened to the Florence, Vt., resident one Sunday." I thought, "Oh, jeez, the dog's getting into a porcupine,"" said Tuliper of the commotion that erupted shortly after 3 a.m. in his front yard. It turned out that the family pet had cornered a rabid, 40-lb. female bobcat by an entranceway. When Tuliper's wife, Linda, opened a door to check on the family pet, named Max, she was nearly overrun by the crazed cat. Both she and the couple's 13-year-old daughter fought the animal for control of the door. Meanwhile, Edward Tuliper attempted to dispatch the big cat with a machete. Finally, with help from his daughter, Tuliper latched onto a pistol and fired several shots killing the cat. Authorities later determined the animal was rabid. Fortunately, no member of the family including Max the dog was badly hurt.
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