DENVER (AP) — The family of a Colorado boy attacked by a mountain lion near Aspen says the 5-year-old is doing better in a Denver hospital after his mother snatched him from the jaws of the wild cat.

In a brief statement released on its behalf by Children’s Hospital Colorado, the unnamed family also thanked the public for its concern and requested privacy.

A Pitkin County sheriff’s officer has called the mother a hero for charging the animal during Friday’s attack, yanking away one of its paws and prying open its jaws.

The boy was flown to Denver with deep but not life-threatening cuts to his head, face and neck. His mother had scratches and bites.

Wildlife officials killed two mountain lions in the area after the attack.

Mountain lions rarely attack humans.

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