17 Stitches for Six-Year-Old Boy Attacked by Mt. Lion

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BIG BEND, Texas — A six-year-old boy is recovering after a mountain lion attacked him on Sunday in Big Bend National Park.

River Harris and his parents were on a walkway near their lodge when the cougar pounced. The mother said the cat literally pulled her son from her hands. That’s when the boy’s father grabbed his knife.

“The cat was clamped onto his face,” said Jason Hobbs, father. “I reached down and got my pocket knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest, and it let go at that point.”

Another couple had warned Hobbs and his family about the mountain lion earlier in the day, saying there had been an attack. Hobbs said that’s why he decided not to take his family camping.

Six-year-old River said the attack didn’t hurt “that bad.” Besides the 17 stitches on the right side of his face, he will also receive a series of rabies shots to ensure a full recovery.

The Hobbs family said they will continue to enjoy the great outdoors but will be more guarded the next time the hike the trails.

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