Canadian mum saves daughter from cougar attack with bare hands

June 19th, 2009 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 19 (ANI): A Canadian mother saved her three-year old daughter from a cougar using nothing but her quick wit and bare hands.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that the child, named Maya, escaped with only superficial wounds after the attack on Tuesday night near the town of Brackendale, 40 miles north of the western city of Vancouver.

Maya, and her mother, Maureen Lee, were walking on a wooded trail with their dog when the cougar pounced.

“All of a sudden it just flew on her, rolled her a couple of times and grabbed her,” the Telegraph quoted Lee as telling CBC.

“She was on her back and (the cougar) had his paws on her head, and I just knew I had to react quick.

“So I just jumped in there and wedged myself between the cougar and her on the ground.

Then, “I just got up and threw it off my back and grabbed (Maya) and (ran),” she added.

Maya suffered puncture wounds to her left arm and head, but is said to be recovering well. (ANI)

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