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Mountain lion mauls boy while playing outside

The mountain lion encountered the woman's two sons near their home outside Aspen The mountain lion encountered the woman's two sons near their home outside Aspen
Juana Turner | 20 June, 2016, 12:18

A mother in the United States is being hailed as a hero after she "prised open" the jaws of a mountain lion that was holding her five-year-old son by his head, authorities say.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office told ABC-7 (http://bit.ly/1UTKHon ) that the 5-year-old boy had been playing outside around 8 p.m. when the mountain lion attacked.

The mother's quick thinking in prising the cat's mouth open, grabbing the child and running to safety saved the boy's life.

The mother had minor injuries from the attack but was released from the hospital in good condition. His neck, head and shoulders were majorly injured, whereas his mother sustained injury on her hands and legs.

The last known lion attack on a human in Colorado occurred in July 2015, wildlife officials said.

The unnamed mother was inside her home in the community of Lower Woody Creek, which is about 10 miles northwest of Aspen when she heard her youngest son screaming.

The courageous woman immediately ran at the animal and wrenched back one of its paws to discover that the boy's entire head was inside the mountain lion's mouth.

"They're wild animals. They find habitat where they can forage for food", Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Matt Robbins said. The mountain lion was then shot by a ranger.

The Colorado boy was attacked by a mountain lion (though not this particular animal, photographed by the National Park Service in California's Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area). When she came outside, the attacking lion had her younger son in its jaws. The mountain lion that was killed was a two-year-old male that was one of two big cats that had been seen in the area. The man suffered scratches and bites on his back and was treated at a local clinic and released. The cougar, which is believed to be around two years old, was located under a tree near a cluster of toys and other items.

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