Cape Man Gets Unexpected Visitors in Golf Cart

MARCH 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:25 a.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - So a rabbit and a bobcat get into a golf cart...

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but the teeth and claws were real, as Cape Girardeau plant worker Mitch Walter found out.

Walter is an operator at the Cape Rock Water Treatment plant, where his duties include inspecting the property in a golf cart.

As he backed the cart away from the building Tuesday night, a rabbit leaped into the passenger side, followed by a hungry 25-pound bobcat.  The rabbit then jumped back out, leaving Walter alone with a large, startled feline.

Walter said "The cat went from a sleek predator after fast food to a ball of fur trying to jump through the windshield of the golf cart."

Walter received scratches on his neck while shoving the bobcat out, necessitating a round of rabies shots, but was otherwise unhurt.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)