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Boy, 5, saved by mum after terrifying mountain lion attack leaves him in hospital

A 5-year-old boy was saved by his mum after she fought off a terrifying mountain lion attack against her son.

The boy, who has been named only as Jack, was walking near the family farm in Half Moon Bay, California, US, on January 31 when he was savagely attacked.

Jack was left with cuts to his face and a fracture near his eye, along with scratches and bruises, following the attack.

His mum, who has not been named, came to her son's rescue as she helped fend off the mountain lion.

Jack was rushed to hospital where he was treated for his trauma injuries.

His aunt, named as Amie Wagner, has started a GoFundMe to help with his medical bills and at the time of writing, it had notched up over $15,000 (£12,000) out of a $10,000 (£8,000) goal.

Despite his injuries, his aunt said that Jack's "spirit remains intact".

She said: "That mountain lion picked the wrong kid and mama to mess with."

Jack was left with cuts to his face and a fracture near his eye as well as cuts, scratches and bruises following the attack (Newsflash)

She wrote on the GoFundMe page: "He is the most courageous, adventurous little guy I have ever met and I am not surprised that if there was a kid who could wrestle a mountain lion and come out on top, it would be Jack."

She also said: "They are a hard-working, amazing family, dedicating their life's work to running a program for the area's homeless population on the farm, in addition to a program that serves underprivileged students."

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said they were "dispatched to a report of a mountain lion attack and we can confirm a child was transported to a local trauma centre after the attack."

Emergency services were called to the scene to find the child conscious but quickly rushed Jack to hospital.

Mountain lion attacks are rare (US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICES/AFP)

The sheriff's office said the whole community has been left in shock following the vicious attack.

In a statement they said: "Our coastal community has endured so much these past few weeks.

“Our entire agency is saddened of this news and sends many warm wishes to the child for a speedy and full recovery. Our thoughts are with the family at this time."

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are reportedly investigating the incident.

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