After dragging her little boy “45 yards” from their home, a “hero” mother punches a mountain lion.
A HEROIC mother fought back as a mountain lion pulled her five-year-old kid “approximately 45 yards” from their home.
The horrifying incident happened just outside the family’s house in Calabasas, California, in the United States.
A wildlife officer later tracked down and killed the mountain lion.
On Thursday, the toddler was playing near their home. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the beast pulled him “approximately 45 yards.”
According to spokesman Patrick Foy, the mother ran to the boy’s help and began “punching and beating the mountain lion with her bare hands.”
According to Mr Foy, the youngster received major head and upper torso injuries but is in a stable condition at a Los Angeles hospital.
“His mother is the genuine hero of this narrative since she single-handedly saved her son’s life,” he stated.
“She raced from the home and began punching and striking the mountain lion with her own hands, chasing him away from her son.”
The five-year-old was brought to the hospital, where his parents reported the event to law enforcement.
After that, a wildlife officer was dispatched to the area, where the animal was shot and killed.
Soon after, two additional mountain lions arrived on the scene, and officials determined that the killed mountain lion was the cub.
According to the wildlife agency, “due to its behavior and proximity to the incident, the warden concluded it was likely the attacking lion and shot and killed it on sight to safeguard public safety.”
According to Mr Foy, the lion was crouching in the bushes near the house with its “ears back and hissing” at the wildlife officer.
DNA tests were used to verify that the animal shot was the same one that attacked the youngster.
One of the local mountain lions was tranquilized. However, it was released back into the wild after being tested because it was not involved.
“There is a lot of angst among individuals who are angry that we killed the mountain lion that attacked that boy,” Foy told the Los Angeles Times.
“Unfortunately, it was attempting to kill and consume that child.
“Many people do not want to consider a human being as a prey item. It does happen on occasion.”
This is the first mountain lion attack, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”