PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A Colorado woman is being hailed as a hero after she rescued her 5-year-old son from the jaws of a mountain lion.
According to The Associated Press, the boy was playing with his brother outside their home in Pitkin County, near Aspen, on Friday when the mountain lion attacked. Their mother heard the boys screaming, ran outside and saw the animal on top of the 5-year-old.
“The boy was completely under the cat,” Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione told the Aspen Times.
The mother quickly sprang into action, pulling the cat’s paws off the boy. That’s when she saw that her son’s entire head was in the mountain lion’s mouth.
She wrestled with the animal until she was able to free the boy.
“She was able to pry the cat’s jaws open,” Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione said. “She’s a hero.”
The boy is in fair condition at Children’s Hospital in Denver, the AP reports. His mother was treated for bites and scratches at Aspen Valley Hospital, then released, according to the AP.
After the attack, wildlife officials found and killed two mountain lions, which are being examined.