California mom leaps to save her 5-year-old son from a cougar

A 5-year-old boy was walking with his mother and grandparents near the northern California coast when a mountain lion pounced.

The big cat attacked Jack Trexler, pinning him to the ground. The boy had gotten a bit ahead of his family when the attack happened, but his mother was close enough to throw herself away, according to an account sent to USA TODAY by the boy’s father, Jay Trexler.

Suzie Trexler charged the animal, causing it to drop her son and walk away, Jay Trexler said in a statement Thursday. The attack happened two days earlier near a farm where the family lives in Half Moon Bay, about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

USA Today

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