The 8-year-old child is recovering from serious head injuries due to the attack
An 8-year-old boy is recovering after sustaining serious injuries from a mountain lion attack in Bailey, Colorado, last week.
The boy had been playing in his yard in the Burland Ranchettes Subdivision with his brother around 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday. A friend in a neighboring house called for him, so he went to visit his friend. As he was running over, a mountain lion attacked him, biting his head.
The boy's brother ran inside to alert his father, who rushed outside and saw the mountain lion on top of his son. When the father approached, the mountain lion let go and ran away.
The boy was rushed to the hospital where he received surgery for his injuries. He is now home recovering.
Our son is a compassionate and brave little boy, the family said in a statement released through the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District on Saturday. He will need time for additional treatment and healing. We thank everyone for their overwhelming support, expressions of concern and offers of help. At this difficult time, we ask for your patience and the time for our family to adjust and heal.
The fire district on Saturday also confirmed that a GoFundMe account for the family had been set up. About $10,000 has been raised so far.
According to CNN, DNA test results confirmed the mountain lion, which was one of two euthanized last week, was the same cat that attacked the boy.