A 9-year-old girl camped out in Washington state, in the northwestern United States, has survived an extremely rare attack by a mountain lion on a man, her uncle who started a cat in line said.
The attack happened Saturday morning, when Lilly was “camping with her family” in the eastern part of the state, her uncle Alex Mantsevich wrote on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.
“She was taken by helicopter to the hospital with multiple injuries to her upper body and face,” she underwent several operations and came out of a coma on Monday “knowing what happened to her.”
Her uncle’s plea for financial aid, particularly health costs, is accompanied by pictures of the girl on her hospital bed, her face covered in large cuts that resemble severe scrapes.
Since 1924, mountain lions have attacked just 20 people in this wild mountain state, and two people have died, according to the Washington State Conservation Agency.
One of its spokesmen told a local TV station that they are conducting an investigation to better understand the circumstances of the attack, and that the animal’s carcass, released by a person present at the scene, will be analyzed in particular in order to detect possible diseases.
Puma attacks, powerful cats also known as cougars and found in the Americas, are extremely rare, but the authorities recommend that if they do occur, do everything to “stay resilient and resist” and, above all, do not try to escape or play dead.
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