12-year-old scratched by bobcat in backyard of Connecticut home: Police

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (WABC) -- Officials are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was reportedly attacked by a bobcat in the back yard of his Connecticut home.

The incident was reported Monday morning just before 7:30 a.m. near Brett Road.

The child's father says his son was outside that morning when he encountered the animal. He suffered a scratch to a finger and his shirt was torn before the animal ran off into the woods.

Police say this is a rare occurrence and not typical behavior of a bobcat. Fairfield Police Animal Control requested an investigation by ENCON police who confirmed the attack was likely a bobcat.
Authorities say bobcats are typically very elusive and rarely allow people to get too close.

Animal Control officers obtained surveillance video from a neighbor's home a week before the incident. That video shows a bobcat that frequents the area.

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