Mom Fights Off Mountain Lion to Save 5-Year-Old Son
Just days after the tragic alligator attack at Disney World that resulted in the death of a two-year-old, a 5-year-old boy in Colorado was saved from a similar fate at the jaws of a mountain lion thanks to his fast acting mother.
The boy, who has not been identified, was playing in the front yard of his Pitkin County home with his brother on Friday, June 17, when he was suddenly attacked by the cougar.
His mother heard him screaming from inside the house and ran outside to see her son in the animal's grasp. She somehow managed to free her child from certain death, using nothing but her bare hands to do so.
The boy's father then called 911 to report the incident, and drove his injured son and wife to Aspen Valley Hospital. The boy received injuries to his face, head, and neck, but is listed in fair condition. His mother suffered scratches to her hands and legs, and was quickly treated and released.
An officer from the U.S. Forest Service was able to locate and put down the big cat, though they remain on the lookout for another cougar that's been spotted in the area.
Attacks by mountain lions on humans are very rare, with only a dozen deaths reported in the last century. And thanks to one brave mother, that number did not increase this week.