A mother fought a mountain lion with her bare hands in southern California on Saturday to rescue her five-year-old son.
Captain Patrick Foy, a spokesperson with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that the 65-pound (30kg) mountain lion attacked the child while he was playing near his house in the city of Calabasas and “dragged him about 45 yards” across the front lawn.
Foy hailed the mother as the true hero as she “ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son.”
The mother heard her boy’s scream and immediately run outside to fight off the lion bare-handed.
The couple immediately brought the boy to the hospital and notified law enforcement.
Foy said that the boy suffered significant traumatic injuries to his head and upper torso, but was now in a stable condition at a Los Angeles hospital.
State officials later confirmed that the mountain lion was shot and killed by a wildlife officer.
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