A nine-year-old American girl has survived a rare attack from a cougar during a camping trip to the western United States, wildlife officials and family members said Tuesday.
The cat attacked daughter Lily Krizanovsky on Saturday morning while she was camping with her family in Washington state, her uncle Alex Mansevich wrote on GoFundMe, where he was trying to raise money to pay for his medical expenses.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a statement that “Lily, along with two other children, was playing hide-and-seek in the woods a short distance from the camp building.”
Pictures of her uncle on the website are shown before and after taking a shot of her niece, later scratch marks and bruises are clearly visible on her face while she is unconscious in a hospital bed.
“He was taken to hospital with various injuries to his upper body and face,” Mansevich wrote.
The baby underwent several hours of surgery but was released from intensive care on Monday, the wildlife department said.
Since 1924, only 20 people have been infected by cougar in the wilds of Washington state, and two of them have died, according to the state Environmental Protection Agency.
Officials say an investigation will be launched to try to understand the circumstances of this particular attack.
“Wild animals don’t want to be around people and have close encounters with them,” said Capt. Mike Spracher of WWFW Police.
Cougar’s body – which killed anyone present at the scene – was analyzed for possible disease, officials said.
“Tests performed over the weekend show that the animal did not have rabies,” WDFW said.
According to bigcatrescue.org, also known as pumas or mountain lions, cougar can weigh 75 to 250 pounds (35 to 115 kg).
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