This story of a mother saving her 5-year-old son from a mountain lion attack over the weekend near Aspen goes a long way in restoring our sense of hope. Authorities in Pitkin county say the woman pried the boys head from the lion's mouth after the animal attacked him in the family's yard Friday. She saw the lion crouched over her son, biting his head. She stuck her hand in the lion's mouth and freed her child.

Investigators said the 5-year-old boy had been playing outside with his older brother when the mountain lion attacked around 8pm. The boys' mother heard screaming, according to the statement.

"The mother ran outside, saw the mountain lion on her son and was able to physically remove her son from the mountain lion," investigators stated.

"The boy sustained injuries to his face, head and neck," according to the statement. "The mother sustained minor injuries to her hand and legs."


A spokesperson for Aspen Valley Hospital said in a recorded message:

"The mother has been released and the boy is being transported to a Denver area hospital in fair condition,"


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