Hero mom pries open mountain lion's jaws to rescue 5-year-old son

By Samantha Luiz
20 June 2015

We sometimes hear of people finding superhuman strength in life or death situations.

Take, for example, the 19-year-old teenager who lifted a burning truck to save her father's life earlier this year.

Read more: Teen (19) with ‘superhuman strength’ lifts burning truck to save father’s life

In somewhat similar circumstances, a Colorado mother has saved her five-year-old son by fighting a mountain lion after it attacked the little boy in their front garden.

The unidentified mother told the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office that her son was playing with his older brother when she suddenly heard screaming.

She raced outside and found the animal on top of the little boy.

Read more: Two-year-old’s body found after alligator attack tragedy at Disney resort

"She was able to [pry] the cat's jaws open," said Deputy Michael Buglione. "She's a hero."

The boy was taken to hospital with injuries to his face, head and neck.

According to the sheriff's office, he is in a "fair condition", while his mother suffered minor injuries to her hand and legs. Read more: Outrage directed at parents after Harambe the gorilla’s ‘senseless death’ Officials found a two-year-old male mountain lion near the area of the attack and put it down.

Sources: bbc.com, abc.net.au

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