A brave mother fought off a mountain lion — with her bare hands — as it savagely attacked her 5-year-old son outside their California home last week, authorities said Saturday.
The unnamed woman punched the 65-pound wild animal and wrestled it away from her child in the front yard of the family’s house in Calabasas on Thursday, authorities said.
The mountain lion had dragged the child “about 45 yards” across the front lawn in the wild attack, said Capt. Patrick Foy, a spokesman with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” Foy 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,” he said.
The parents drove their son to the hospital and staffers there alerted authorities to the attack.
Foy said the youngster sustained traumatic injuries to his head and upper torso but was recovering in stable condition at a Los Angeles hospital.
A wildlife officer sent to the scene spotted the mountain lion “hissing” at him and shot and killed the animal on site, authorities said.
With Post wires