A woman in the Los Angeles area fought a 65-pound mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son with her bare hands on Thursday, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The animal attacked the boy while he was in his family’s yard in Calabasas, leaving him with injuries to his head, neck and chest, the department said on Saturday.
The mountain lion “dragged him about 45 meters” on the lawn, said captain Patrick Foy, spokesman for the department.
The boy was in stable condition, recovering from the incident, according to the department.
The boy’s mother heard the commotion inside the house and ran outside and “started hitting and hitting the mountain lion with her bare hands and pulled him away from her son,” said declared Foy.
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“The real hero of this story is his mother because she absolutely saved her son’s life. “
The mountain lion was then killed by a wildlife officer.
The parents immediately took the boy to hospital, where law enforcement was informed of the attack and dispatched a wildlife officer to the scene.
Once home, the officer discovered a cougar crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing at it,” Foy said.
“Due to his demeanor and the proximity to the attack, the guard felt he was probably the attacking lion and, to protect public safety, shot and killed him on the spot,” said the wildlife department. DNA tests later proved it was the attacking lion.
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After the mountain lion was shot, another appeared and was tranquilized and moved to another location. This mountain lion, which had a collar and was part of a National Park Service study, was not part of the attack and has no known history of attacks on humans, the department said.