A Vancouver mom who wrestled a cougar off her 7-year-old son said it was the power of prayer that gave her the strength to save him. Recounting the harrowing experience, Chelsea Lockhart told CTV she realized she alone would not be able to pry her son Zachary from the mouth of the cougar.
"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," she said. "Three sentences into me praying, it released, and it ran away."
The incident took place Friday in the backyard of their home in Vancouver Island. Chelsea was inside the house when she heard a struggle from outside and rushed out to see what the commotion was. Her heart sank when she saw the cougar biting in to Zachary's arm – but there was no time for hesitation.
"I had a mom instinct, right? I just leaped on it and tried to pry its mouth open," she told CTV.
It was at that point, as she tried to pry her son from the grip of the cougar, she turned to the power of prayer.
"I just thought, 'Oh my God, my kid could die right before my eyes.' All you think is what can you do? What can you do in your own physical strength?" she said.
After Zachary was released from the cougar he was rushed to hospital with multiple injuries including a four-centimeter gash to his head. He is now on the mend.
"We are definitely well on our way to recovery and Zach is resting at his grandma's house, having some one-on-one time there," Chelsea said, according to The Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, conservation officers have since located and euthanized the cougar that attacked the boy.