A children’s game that turns to drama. On Friday, May 29, a 9-year-old girl was playing hide and seek in the woods near a campground in Stevens County, Washington, when she was seriously injured in the face by a mountain lion. According to a statement released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), which specializes in wildlife preservation, Lily A. Kryzhanivskyy was with two of her friends when the cougar appeared out of nowhere. “She jumped out from behind a tree to scare her friends when the mountain lion attacked,” a statement read.

Injured in the face and on the upper body, the girl was taken to hospital by helicopter. On the spot, the doctors intubated her, operated on her and plunged her into an artificial coma. She finally woke up on Monday. “We are extremely relieved to see that Lily is showing signs of improvement and that she is in good spirits,” said Staci Lehman of WDFW. She asked us to tell everyone that she is well and that she is ‘strong and brave’. And we totally agree – she’s strong and brave!” According to her aunt Alex, who started a GoFundMe campaign to pay her niece’s hospital bills, Lily “is fully aware of what happened, can talk normally, think normally and move her arms and legs. She talks to his father and his mother, but his recovery promises to be long.”

An investigation has been opened

An investigation will be conducted by the WDFW to determine the circumstances of the incident. “The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is studying all the details of the incident to understand what happened and is awaiting the results of the autopsy conducted on the puma, which has since died,” the organization said. Since 1920, 20 mountain lion attacks, including 2 fatalities, have been recorded in Washington State.

The puma has died since the incident © Pexels

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Lara T.
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