Adult punches mountain lion in ribs to save 6-year-old girl from attack, officials say

Adult punches mountain lion to save 6-year-old girl from attack

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Officials are looking for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old girl at a park in Cupertino, California, multiple news outlets are reporting.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the incident happened Sunday morning as a group of visitors walked in Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve. The animal “came out of the bushes and ... grabbed a hold of the girl,” Ranger Brad Pennington told KGO-TV.

An adult who was with the group punched the mountain lion, striking its ribs, the outlets reported. The girl suffered minor puncture wounds, officials said.

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Authorities have closed the park until they find the animal, the outlets reported.

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Stock photo of a mountain lion.
Stock photo of a mountain lion. (Kevin Zaouali / EyeEm/Kevin Zaouali / EyeEm / Getty Images)