A Colorado woman heard screams as her children were playing outside their home Friday, near Aspen. She ran outside to find a sight no parent ever wants to see. Her five-year-old son was lying on the ground with a mountain lion standing over him, biting the child.
The child was screaming and struggling to get free. The woman charged toward the lion, yanked away one of its paws, and discovered the lion had her son’s head in its mouth. She forcefully pried the lion’s jaws open, scooped up her son and ran.
The boy’s father had just returned home from a run. They jumped in the car and drove to the Aspen hospital, with the father calling 911 on the way.
The child was flown from Aspen to the Children’s Hospital in Denver on Saturday. He received deep bites on his head, face and neck, but is in fair condition. The mother also received bite marks on her hand and scratches on her leg, but was not hospitalized.
The sheriff’s office and a U.S. Forest Service officer went to the family’s home when they heard the 911 call come in, found the mountain lion still in the front yard, and killed it. They also killed a second lion they found in the area, near the home. The family’s names have not been released, but the mother is credited with saving her son’s life.
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