A woman California has been hailed a hero after fighting a mountain lion that was carrying her five-year-old son. Her maternal instincts kicked as she dragged her little boy from the jaws of the big cat. She fought off the wild animal with her bare fists the garden her house on Thursday morning. Her son had been playing in the garden when the lion pounced. The boy suffered bites and lacerations to his head and torso, but is now a stable condition a local hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery. Patrick Foy, a spokesperson the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said: "The true hero this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son's life."
Officials reported that the mountain lion was a juvenile and was less than a year old. They said the attack probably happened because the creature was young and was practising its hunting skills. They shot a lion near the boy's home that was acting an "aggressive" nature. The officials later stated: "Wildlife forensics scientists analyzed samples underneath the claws the suspect lion carcass and isolated traces human tissue and blood a DNA profile that matched the young victim." They added: "Results were conclusive that it was the attacking lion that was shot the wildlife officer scene." Another mountain lion was found the scene. It was shot a non-lethal tranquilizer and released.