A 6-year-old boy is recovering after a mountain lion “clamped” on to his face at Big Bend National Park in Texas.
Jason Hobbs said his family’s vacation became a nightmare when the big cat attacked his son Rivers on a sidewalk Sunday near the Chisos Mountain Lodge.
"It had a hold of his face...the cat was clamped on his face,” Hobbs told West Texas TV station CBS 7.
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The Austin dad said the mountain lion didn’t let go until he stabbed it with his pocketknife.
Rivers Hobbs told CBS 7 the mountain lion “snuck up on me.”
Despite being shown on TV with fresh stiches across his gashed face, Rivers claimed he never shed a tear before or after the encounter.
Asked about his injuries, Rivers said they did not hurt “that bad.”
Big Ben spokesman David Elkowitz described the mountain lion that attacked the 6-year-old as a “young lion in very poor condition,” The Associated Press reported.
The mountain lion was still on the loose, he said, and would be killed if found.