Pitkin County: A mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her five-year-old son in Colorado on Friday night.
The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said the boy had been playing outside with his older brother around 8 pm when the mountain lion attacked, near their home about 10 miles north west of Aspen. The mother heard screams from outside and "physically removed her son from the mountain lion," according to a police statement.
She mother ran outside when she heard screaming; the boy's face, head and neck were injured. He was taken to an Aspen area hospital and the boy was conscious and alert.
His mother sustained minor injuries to her hands and legs, but was discharged soon.
Forest service officers killed the mountain lion hiding under trees by the family's home. "Since it was still there, it was either injured or very ill, so they dispatched it," the county undersheriff Ron Ryan said.