A 5-year-old boy is in fair condition after being pounced on by a mountain lion in the yard of his Colorado home. He was playing with his brother outside when his mother heard a scream.

When she ran out to investigate, the mountain lion was on top of the boy. She then pulled the beast off of her son and got the boy to safety.

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The 5-year-old suffered injuries to his face, head, and neck, but he was conscious and alert at the emergency room.

Sheriff's deputies and a U.S. Forest Service officer found the mountain lion near the home and killed it. Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to examine the deceased animal and are searching for a second lion that was reportedly sighted in the area.

Read more at NBC News.