A Canadian woman rushed to rescue her son after a purse attacked him last week, knocking the animal's jaws out of her baby, according to local news reports.
How did she do that? "Mom's instinct" and prayer, she told CTV News.
Chelsea Lockhart's son played outside the Vancouver Island family home Friday when she heard a hedge in the backyard. So came the sounds of a fight.
The mother bolted outside to see his son, Zachery, 7, on the ground with a young purse attached to the arm, the network reported. She had no time to lose.
"I had a morin instinct, didn't you?" Lockhart said. "I just jumped on it and tried to adorn my mouth open."
With his fingers trapped in the mouth of the bag, Lockhart began to "pray in tongues" and "cry out to the Lord," she told CTV News.
"Three sentences in me pray, it released," she told the network.
Emergency helper arrived in minutes to hurry the mother and son to a hospital, per. CTV News, where Zachary got stitches to a 1
The boy's father, Kevin Bromley, told Calgary Sun to the boy also suffered damage to his neck and arm, but that hoodie may have protected him from further damage.
Investigators later found two juvenile cougars about 65 meters from the attack site, Sgt. Scott Norris from the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service told the sun.
Both sausages – perhaps brothers – were euthanized, reported CTV news. A study suggested the animals were probably starving at the time of the attack.
Cougar attacks are very uncommon, Norris told the Sun, and it is possible that the cats had lost their mother and reprimanded themselves.
British Columbia's Conservation Officer Service says children often scare when they are around envelopes and make noise and movement that can cause an attack.
The service advises adults to collect children immediately if there is a purse nearby before you slowly support them.
"Make yourself as big as possible and keep your purse in front of you all the time. Never drive or turn your back on a purse" says a guide.
If a purse attack indicates the service, use something like a weapon to attack the animal's face and eyes.
"You are trying to convince Cougar that you are a threat and not a prey."
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