WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Canadian woman who rushed to save her 7-year-old son from a cougar attack said it was her “mother instinct” that took over.
- Chelsea Lockhart pried the wild animal’s jaws off her son while praying, according to local news reports, until “it released and ran away.”
- British Columbia Conservation Officer Service said the two hungry cougars found near the family’s home were both euthanized after the attack.
A Canadian mother said her “mom instinct” took over when she rushed to fight off a cougar that attacked her child in their backyard last week.
On Friday afternoon, Chelsea Lockhart of Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island recalled hearing her son, Zachery, scuffling with something outside the house. When she went outside to check the source of the commotion, she was shocked to see his 7-year-old son being mauled by a wild animal.
“I ran downstairs and I ran toward his voice. I turned the corner and saw this animal on my child,” Lockhart told news outlet CTV on Tuesday. “He was on the ground and the cougar was attached to his arm. I had a mom instinct, right? I just leaped on it and I tried to pry its mouth open.”
She fish-hooked the young cougar by the mouth and was able to pry him off.
“I looked at him and I just thought, ‘Oh my god, my kid could die right before my eyes.’ All you think is, ‘What can you do? What can you do in your own physical strength?'” she said. “I’m so grateful for him to be alive.”
Miraculously, the boy survived the attack with minor injuries — a gash on his head and a few cuts on his neck and arms.
Lockhart said she knew that she won’t be able to pry the cougar’s mouth open with her strength, so she started praying out loud.
“I’m just crying out to the Lord,” she recalled. “Three sentences into me praying, it released and it ran away.”
She said that Zachery is expected to fully recover.
“We are definitely well on our way to recovery and Zach is resting at his grandma’s house, having some one-on-one time there,” the brave mom said. “His stitches are healing; he is well on his way to being fully recovered.”
According to officials at the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service, they found two juvenile cougars near the Lockhart’s home, both males, hungry and searching for food.
Scott Norris, an official at the conservation service, told ABC News on Tuesday that the wild cats were both euthanized after the attack.
Though Vancouver Island has had several cougar attacks over the past few years, Norris said, “it’s a rare occurrence.”
Source: ABC News