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Mother pulls lion off her 5-year-old son

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Authorities say a mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son in Colorado last Friday night.

The sheriff's office said the boy's mother heard screaming while he was playing outside in the front yard with his older brother. The mother ran outside, where she saw the animal on top of her son and she dragged the boy away.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said the boy suffered face, head and neck injuries and was in fair condition at a hospital in Denver. The mother was treated and released from a hospital.

Pitkin County sheriff's deputies and a Forest Service Ranger were the first to arrive and killed the lion believed to be responsible for the attack after they found it wandering near the home.

According to wildlife officials, the lion was two years old and had been seen previously in the area where the attack occurred.