A Colorado mother has fought off a mountain lion that attacked her five-year-old son.
The boy had been playing outside at around 8pm on Friday when the mountain lion attacked, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.
His mother ran outside when she heard screaming and freed her son from the animal. The boy’s face, head and neck had been injured.
The boy was taken to Denver hospital in “fair” condition. The mother hurt her hand and legs but has been released from the hospital.
Authorities found and killed a mountain lion in the front yard of the home about 10 miles north west of Aspen.
There have been three fatal mountain lion attacks in Colorado since 1991.