We've all heard the old "mother lifts car to save child" tale, but one woman topped that by protecting her son against an angry cougar.
In a segment of Inside Edition, mother Chelsea Bromley detailed the situation. According to her, the animal wandered onto her property in British Colombia, Canada, and targeted her seven-year-old son, Zack.
"I thought, 'Dear God, my kid could die in front of my eyes,'" says Bromley. "I see this animal on my child and at first I didn’t even know what it was."
She says once she realized what was happening, she leaped into action to pull the animal off her son, which was no easy task. Zack, however, appears to be fine, suffering some gashes from the ordeal. Yet, Bromley reveals the seven-year-old was happy the cougar went after him, and not one of his younger siblings.
This is a situation that you don't read about in a parenting book, but it's a wake-up call for anyone living in more rural areas. Cougars are a predatory animal, and they'll go after anything that's smaller than them if it means they can have a meal. While these types of situations are not a regular occurrence everywhere in North America, it's important to keep an eye on your children in areas where it's a reality.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says cougar attacks are rare, but they detail ways to prevent a situation like this from occurring. They suggest installing bright lights in all outdoor walkways of your home and installing a fence that's around 10 feet high with three-foot extensions installed at 65-degree angles. Of course, for many, this isn't possible so it's important to leave local wildlife alone and refrain from feeding deer or even bobcats. It's also a pretty good idea to keep garbage in cans with tight-fitting lids as well. This way, cougars are less likely to pick up on scents that may pique their curiosity.
Still, none of these plans are fool-proof, and attacks can still occur, which is probably what we witnessed with this story. Thankfully, this one has a happy ending, and no one was seriously injured or worse.