NORMAN, Oklahoma -- A boy who was attacked by a lynx at Norman's Little River Zoo Tuesday is recovering after receiving lacerations to his face and head.

Two-year-old Ethan Billy's father said his son was at his side when the cat reached through its cage and clawed him.

"Right when he got up there it was a split second. The lynx had just grabbed him through the fence with both of his paws and just started attacking him just trying to bring him through the fence and trying to bite him," said Adam Billy, Ethan's father.

The attack left the boy with seven staples in the back of his head along with 15 stitches underneath his eye and on his neck.

Zoo keepers said they're taking a look at the cat's behavior.