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VIDEO: US woman fights off mountain lion with bare hands to rescue five-year-old son

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  • Mountain lions are normally calm and elusive rather than aggressive, according to the US National Park Service.

A US woman in California fought off a mountain lion with her bare hands after the animal grabbed her five-year-old son.

The animal, weighing 65lbs, pounced on the boy while he was playing in his garden in Calabasas, 28 miles west of Los Angeles.




Hearing the commotion outside, the mother dashed into the garden.

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Her son had been dragged 45 yards across the lawn by the time she was able to intervene, said Captain Patrick Foy, a spokesman with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“The true hero of this story is his mum because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” he said. “She ran out of the house, and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son.”




By then the child, who is recovering in hospital, had sustained wounds to his neck, head and upper torso. He is expected to recover.

Officers from the wildlife department rushed to the house. One found a mountain lion crouching in the bushes with its ears back and hissing.

“Due to its behaviour and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and, to protect public safety, shot and killed it on site,” the wildlife department said.

DNA tests, matching flesh found under the claws with the boy’s shirt, later confirmed that the animal was responsible for the attack.




Another mountain lion was also found in the area. It was released back into the wild after being tranquilised, with tests confirming it was not involved in the incident.

A third animal was also in the area. It was a collared female, who was being tracked as part of a study and is known not to have had any human contact.




The attack was the first recorded in the area since 1995 and, according to the US National Park Service, mountain lions are normally calm and elusive rather than aggressive.

Experts advised anyone confronted by a lion to face the animal and either stay still or back away slowly. Running away is more likely to trigger its desire to chase.



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