- On Friday, a woman rescued her son when she saw him between the jaw of a cougar.
- In a new interview with CTV, Chelsea Lockhart said that her “mum instinct” took over when she saw her son in danger.
- Gripped with the fear that her son might be killed, the woman said she acted with a strength she didn’t know that she had.
- Her son, Zachery, sustained injuries but is expected to recover.
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On Friday, a woman rescued her 7-year-old son when she saw him between the jaw of a cougar.
Chelsea Lockhart was inside her Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island, home Friday afternoon when she heard an unusual noise. When she looked outside and saw her son inside the jaws of a cougar.
In that moment, she didn’t know what to do, but she knew she had to do something to save her 7-year-old son, Zachery. As she rushed outside, her “mum instinct” kicked in.
“He was on the ground and the cougar was attached to his arm,” she told CTV. “I had a mum instinct, right? I just leaped on it and I tried to pry its mouth open.”
Lockhart has made headlines for prying her child out of the cougar’s jaw. But even the mum has been shocked by her own show of strength.
“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.”
Chelsea’s husband, previously told Kevin Bromley, told Canadian outlet CBC that in order to save her son she had to jump over a fence.
“I think any mum would do that,” Kevin said. “It’s that selfless love.”
Zachery was airlifted to a hospital where he was treated for wounds on his head, arm, and neck. Chelsea told CTV that the boy is expected to make a full recovery.
“Zach is resting at his grandma’s house, having some one-on-one time there,” Lockhart said. “His stitches are healing; he is well on his way to being fully recovered.”
After the incident, officials with the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service found two cougars 20 yards from the family’s home, per GMA.
The animals, both of which have been described as young males, were reportedly searching for food. Both animals were euthanised. Officials described cougar attacks such as this one as “a rare occurrence.”
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