It is the stuff of parental nightmares; a wild animal attacking your precious child. But that’s exactly what one mother experienced in real time when she answered her 5 year old son’s cries for help and found him being pounced on by a young mountain lion outside her Aspen, Colorado home. Fortunately her maternal instinct gave her the strength to fend off the beast and save her son from its jaws, literally.
It was just past 8pm last Friday evening when the boy and his older brother went outside to play. It is estimated that over 4,000 mountain lions call Colorado home, often foraging for food in more populous areas. The cat attacked the younger sibling and when the mother came outside she found the animal on top of her son. The boy’s head was completely inside the mountain lion’s mouth. The mother then charged the animal and pried open it’s jaws, freeing her son from its death grip.
The child’s parents then scooped the boy up and drove him to a nearby hospital. He was then flown to Children's Hospital in Denver in fair condition though with injuries to his face, neck and head. The mother also sustained injuries to her hands and legs. Fortunately it was a young mountain lion, probably only 2 years old. "Had it been a 110-pound lion,” said local Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Buglione, “this would have been a much different story."