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'Mystery animal' attacks 5-year-old boy

DETROIT LAKES, MN (KVLY) A 5-year-old Minnesota boy is recovering from an unknown animal attack that left him with 16 stitches.

Xavier Garza of Detroit Lakes was in his front yard Friday when he tried to pick up what he calls "a kitty."

Xavier says when he picked up the animal, it latched on, scratching and biting him. 

He fought back, pushing the animal away and biting its ear.

Detroit Lakes Chief of Police, Steve Todd, says officers showed pictures of Xavier's wounds to a local vet and other animal conservationists who ventured it was no ordinary cat.

"The spread between the claws and the marks left on the boy's head were too far apart, they felt, to match up to a normal cat,” Todd said.

Todd says the animal experts say it may be a distempered raccoon or a fisher. The police chief also says a neighbor mentioned seeing a fisher close to where Xavier was attacked.


 


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