'When I got to the hospital, I just bawled': Dad recalls seeing son, 7, for first time after cougar mauling
Boy's mother had to pry the cougar's jaw open
It was every parent's nightmare.
Zack Bromley, 7, was playing in the backyard of his Lake Cowichan home when a cougar attacked him.
His mother, Chelsea, hearing the backyard fence banging, ran outside. She found a juvenile cougar latched onto her son's arm.
"She jumped it," said Kevin Bromley, Zack's father, adding that she began to pry the cougar's jaw open.
"I think any mom would do that. It's that selfless love."
Recovering in his favourite place
Zack, who was airlifted to hospital, is now recovering at his favourite spot: Nan's house. He suffered wounds to his head, neck and arm and was released from the hospital Saturday.
Although Zack is young, Bromley says the experience isn't lost on him.
"He's figured out that was pretty close to near death," said Bromley. "He's old enough to grasp that. And that's a big pill to swallow, just to digest that mentally."
Thankfully, Zack will recover, but Bromley still remembers the experience.
"When I got there I just bawled because he was just covered in blood."
Chelsea also received wounds to her arms.
'This is a very tight-knit community'
Bromley says he has received an outpouring of support from the community since the attack. At the local pub, they've collected $300 in donations.
"That's the community. This is a very tight-knit community," said Bromley.
He says they're thinking of spending it on a dog to ward off any unwelcome visitors in the future.
With files from Chek News