Toddler Attacked by Wild Cat at Zoo but Escapes Serious Injury

A Norman zoo director says a 3-year-old boy was not seriously injured when he was clawed by a 45-pound European lynx after the child approached a chain link fence enclosing the cat.

Janet Schmid, director of the Little River Zoo, said Tuesday the boy suffered superficial wounds on the side of his head in the incident about 3 p.m. Monday.

She said the cat has been placed in an inside enclosure, and a solid fence has been erected to keep the public away from its outside area.

The outside area is a chain link enclosure, including a fenced-in top.

She said the boy was looking at swans when, following his sister, he left a path at the zoo, went through a rope barrier, over a low railroad-tie retaining wall and up to the cat's fence.