(WICHITA, Kan.) -- A child on a school field trip to a Wichita zoo was mauled by a leopard after the child got too close to the big cat's enclosure and was grabbed by the animal.
Two visitors who saw the attack jumped over the railing around the animal's cage and kicked the leopard in the head until it released the seven-year-old boy.
The first-grader had apparently climbed over the railing and approached the cat's thin metal mesh enclosure. The cat sprang.
"This little boy was facing away from the cage and the leopard had his head...in his paws, and it was trying to bite through the wire," said Stephanie Terribilini, a zoo visitor who witnessed the mauling.
John Delgado jumped in to save the boy.
He was "just somebody's kid," Delgado said. "I couldn't let that happen. It was sad."
The boy is listed in fair condition. He suffered deep scratches on his face and neck as a result of the attack.
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