There is nothing more powerful than a mother's love for her child.
Something extraordinary happened in Denver, Colorado, Friday night when a mother heard her 5-year-old screaming in the backyard.
It was a regular night and the child had ventured out to play with his older brother. The mother, naturally alarmed when she heard the child, rushed out to see what was wrong and came across a horrific scene: A mountain lion was hunched over her wailing son.
The mother, whose name has not yet been released by the authorities, had to act fast. Therefore, overcome with panic, she quickly and heroically wrestled the seemingly hungry and aggravated lion away from the child.
“The mother ran outside, saw the mountain lion on her son and was able to physically remove her son from the mountain lion,” the investigators said in a report.
The father of the boy then drove his family to Aspen Valley Hospital. The child' s head, neck and face were bruised, while the mother sustained minor injuries to her hands and legs. Fortunately, both are well on their path to their recovery, according to the authorities.
The sheriff's deputies arrived at the site of the incident shortly. The lion was killed on the spot.
“Since it was still there, it was either injured or very ill, so they dispatched it,” Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan told the Aspen Times.
Although it is natural to feel relieved that the family was left largely unharmed, this incident raises red flags about the living conditions of mountain lions.
Cities and civilization have taken over large tracts of lands previously inhabited by the lions. Increasingly, the big cats are being forced out of their homes, starved and looking for food. Their numbers have shrunk, and they are obviously ill-equipped to survive in a city with its blinding lights and screeching cars.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife issued advice on warding off a lion. It includes trying to appear bigger by raising your arms, and fighting back.
“Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back," CPW said on its website. "People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools and their bare hands successfully. Remain standing or try to get back up!”