A 7-year old boy is recovering in hospital, with cuts to his head and shoulder, after he was attacked by a cougar on Vancouver Island.
CBC reports Kaylum Doherty said, "The cougar almost ate me for lunch ... and breakfast."
The boy was camping with his family on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. He had just finished hotdogs for dinner on Wednesday evening and was heading down to the river with his dad when the animal attacked. "I went to wash my hands and pfffft ... I'm almost history. Daddy threw a rock at him and now he's dead."
The CBC reports it didn't quite turn out that way. Kaylum's dad hit the cougar in the head with a rock while his father's girlfriend hit the animal with a frying pan before it ran off into the bush.
Kaylum suffered a torn scalp and puncture wounds but is expected to make a full recovery.
His father Rick tells the CBC, "Last night it started to sink in to how close I came to losing my son. I don't know what I would have done if that happened."
News 1130 reports Conservation Officer Chris Doyle says the animal has since been shot and killed. "Conservation officers attended the site this morning with tracking dogs. A cougar was located this morning near the attack site." Officials say a post-mortem examination revealed the male animal was severely malnourished. Doyle tells the CBC, "We have immature cougars who have yet to find a territory to hunt in, and may not be successful hunting."
Kaylum says he plans to keep camping and even has some advice for other kids who might come face-to-face with a cougar,"Yell for help and call their parents!"