A brave mother fought a mountain lion – with her bare hands – as it savagely attacked her 5-year-old son outside their California home last week, authorities said on Saturday.
The unnamed woman punched the 65-pound wild animal and pulled it away from her child on Thursday in the yard of the family home in Calabasas, authorities said.
The mountain lion had dragged the child “about 45 yards” across the front lawn during the savage attack, said Captain Patrick Foy, spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“The real hero of this story is his mother because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” said Foy.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and hitting the mountain lion with her bare hands and pulled him away from her son,” he said.
The parents took their son to the hospital and the staff there alerted the authorities to the attack.
Foy said the youngster suffered traumatic injuries to his head and upper torso, but was recovering in stable condition at a Los Angeles hospital.
A wildlife officer dispatched to the scene spotted the mountain lion “hissing” at him and shot and killed the animal there, authorities said.
With post wires