A terrifying incident involving a wild animal was a little too close to home, literally, after a brave Canadian woman had to save her 7-year-old son from a cougar in their own backyard. The story is shocking and terrifying, to say the least. Following the incident, the brave mom and her son have been released from the hospital and are expected to recover well. 

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On March 29, 2019, a 7-year-old boy was attacked in the backyard of his family home by a cougar. The incident took place at 3:30 PM in the yard of the Lake Cowichan, British Columbia home.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the boy was not alone at the time of the attack. Now, the father of the boy is crediting everything to the mother, who happened to jump in during the time of the attack.

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CTV News reports that Kevin Bromley’s son Zach was playing in the backyard of his family home in Lake Cowichan on the afternoon of March 29. The father recounted that a cougar attempted to lunge at Zach but instead hit the fence. This is when the cougar began to claw its way through. 

Kevin told CTV News that his wife Chelsea heard the fence rattle and looked up to see the cougar dragging her son away. Motherly instincts took over and Chelsea jumped in to save her child. 

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Kevin recounts that Chelsea quickly jumped down the back stairs and started to pry the animal's jaw open. While she did it, she cried to God for help. The cougar then released its grip on Zach’s left arm and ran away. 

Following the incident, two cougars were shot and killed by conversation officers on Vancouver Island. One cougar was found on the scene by an officer who was doing a safety sweep, while the second cougar ran away from the scene. That cougar was then located by conservation officers using hounds. 

“The cougars were both very emaciated, very skinny and in very poor overall condition, very light for their size,” said B.C. Conservation Insp. Ben York to the Vancouver Sun. York further explained that they did not know what might have caused the attack from the juvenile cougars. 

Zach and his mother were both taken to the hospital immediately after and treated for their injuries. They have since been released and have returned to Zach’s grandparent's house to recover, according to CTV News.

Zach is currently recovering from gashes on his head, neck, and arm. While it was a brutal attack, both the victims are expected to make full recoveries. 

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