Son bitten by lion, dad tells emergency room to prepare

Posted at 11:30 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 01:30:24-04

As he raced to the hospital with his injured son in his car, a Colorado father called 911 to let emergency room staff know to prepare for something unusual.

A mountain lion had attacked his 5-year-old, Val Loboda told the dispatcher, speaking quickly but calmly.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's office released the 911 recording days after Friday's attack outside Loboda's home outside Aspen.  The sheriff's office released its report on the incident Wednesday, for the first time identifying the family.

Five-year-old Yuri Loboda was playing outside when the lion attacked. Alerted by her older son, Anastasia Yukhtenko ran to snatch Yuri's head from the cat's jaws and fled. Loboda had been out for a run and returned in time to set out with his family for the hospital.


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