'Mystery Animal' Attacks 5-Year-Old

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(WTHR) – 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.