A 6-year-old Texas boy, River Hobbs, is recovering after being attacked by a mountain lion while taking a walk with his family at Big Bend National Park.
The lion attacked Hobbs on Sunday as the family returned to their room from the park’s main lodge.
“It sneaked up on me,” Hobbs said.
The boy’s father, Jason Hobbs, went after the lion as it clamped onto Rivers’ face. Hobbs ultimately wound up stabbing it with a pocket knife, causing it to let go and flee.
“The cat was clamped onto his face, I reached down and got my pocket knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest and it let go at that point,” Jason Hobbs said of the encounter.
The wounds on the right side of Rivers’ face required 17 stitches.
The family returned home yesterday, and the boy will have to undergo a series of rabies shots.
“No, not that bad,” said Hobbs, when asked if the attack hurt.
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- Boy, 6, Survives Mountain Lion Attack (abcnews.go.com)
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- Big Bend mountain lion attacks boy, 6 (mysanantonio.com)