(ConservativeHub.com) – A young boy in Southern California narrowly escaped becoming a statistic last week when his mother heard a commotion in her backyard. On August 26, a 65-pound mountain lion attacked the unnamed five-year-old as he played near his house, prompting his mother to run outside and save the day.
Captain Patrick Foy, a spokesperson for the California Fish and Wildlife Department, said the puma dragged the boy “about 45 yards” from his home in Calabasas, California, a city nestled next to the Santa Monica Mountains.
Foy told reporters that the boy’s mother was the “true hero of [the] story.” As he explained, she ran out of her house and started punching the deadly mountain lion using her bare hands until it released her son.
The boy sustained serious injuries to his abdomen and head. His parents transported him to a local hospital and notified authorities of the incident. A Fish and Wildlife officer later located the puma hiding in some bushes, and shot and killed it out of concern over its proximity to other homes and the violent nature of its attack on the child.
The boy remains hospitalized in stable condition, having sustained injuries to his head, neck, and upper torso.
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