A mother, who has yet to be identified by authorities, saved her 5-year-old son from a mountain lion attack. The lion was crouched over his son, biting his head. How exactly she was able to save the kid was one heroic act only a parent will be able to do.
The 5-year-old kid was playing outside when the mountain lion attack happened at about 8 p.m. at their Denver home. The mother immediately came running when she heard his son screaming.
Seeing the mountain lion crouched over her son, with his whole head inside the animal’s mouth, the mother pry opened the lion’s jaw and inserted her one hand into the lion’s mouth for it to let go.
“She was able to pry the cat’s jaws open,” Deputy Michael Buglione told The Aspen Times.
“She’s a hero,” he added.
The mother and son were brought to the Aspen Valley Hospital for immediate medical attention. The father of the boy called 911 according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a spokesperson from the hospital, the mother has been released while the son was transported to a children’s hospital in Denver, Colorado.
According to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife, mountain lion are also called pumas, cougars and panthers. Anyone who encounters a lion or see an attack, he or she can immediately contact the Division of Wildlife, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.
Here are the numbers to contact:
CPW Headquarters (Denver): (303) 297-1192
Northeast Region CPW Office (Denver): (303) 291-7227
West Region CPW Office (Grand Junction): (970) 255-6100
Southeast Region CPW Office (Colorado Springs): (719) 227-5200
Southwest Region CPW Office (Durango): (970) 247-0855