Chelsea Lockhart did everything in her power to save her son after a cougar attack last Friday and the story is downright disturbing.
CTV News reports that Lockhart’s seven-year-old son Zachery was playing in the family’s Lake Cowichan backyard when she heard the fence rattle followed by a commotion in the yard.
A cougar had been trying to get through a wire fence.
“In that moment he knew he was in danger, so he started taking off down this alleyway to get to the house,” Lockhart said. “It pushed its way through, and you can see the scratch marks on the pole.”
Lockhart instinctively followed her son’s voice and could hear him struggling as she ran down the stairs. When she got outside she saw a juvenile cougar trying to drag her son away.
“He was on the ground and the cougar was over him and it was attached to his arm,” Lockhart explained. “I had a mom instinct, right? I just leaped on it and tried to pry its mouth open.”
She started thinking that her son could possibly die. “All you think is what can you do? What can you do in your own physical strength?” she added.
Eventually, Lockhart turned to prayer in her battle against the animal.
“I knew that in my own power and my own strength, I wasn’t going to be able to pry its mouth open. So I start praying in tongues, and I’m just crying out to the Lord, just this really deep from the depths of inside of me…Three sentences into me praying, it released and it ran away,” Lockhart revealed.
“There’s no mistaking it. I’m trying in my own strength and when I pray, it released. It was just me on the animal. It wasn’t my strength that did it,” the heroic mother said when asked if divine intervention helped save her boy.
Zachery suffered a four-centimetre gash to his head in addition to neck and arm injuries. First responders showed up quickly and rushed the boy to the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“Everybody’s recovering today and Zach’s resting at his grandma’s. We’ve had so much support from the community that every time I go out, everyone’s hugging me and just tearing up, asking how we’re doing, and that helps so much,” Lockhart said.
The cougar that attacked and another juvenile male thought to be its brother were both eliminated by conservation officers.
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