After being savagely mauled by a mountain lion in a rural California area on Tuesday, a small child was taken to the hospital.
According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at 6:50 p.m. in a rural region close to Half Moon Bay.
The boy’s health was uncertain when he was brought to a nearby emergency facility, but recovery is anticipated.
He has minor puncture wounds, but he will recover, said Sgt. Javier Acosta to the Los Angeles Times.
The child, according to Acosta, slipped “a bit ahead of the group” while hiking with his family.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking into the event for the state. The animal hasn’t been found yet.
In more than a century of tracking, just around 20 mountain lion assaults have been recorded in California, according to Fish and Wildlife records.
Recently, there were two connected fatal shootings in Half Moon Bay.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, “our coastal community has suffered so much over the previous few weeks.
“This news saddens our entire organization, and we wish the youngster a swift and complete recovery. At this time, our thoughts are with the family.
The boy’s age wasn’t made public.