Paul Schalow was celebrating his birthday when a mountain lion entered the picture.
The 10-year-old boy and his family were spending the day in the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix. Paul and his cousin were playing in the sand when the mountain lion came up. It scratched Paul’s back and tried to bite at his head. While Paul remained calm, a member of the group shot and killed the lion.
It was discovered the mountain lion was rabid, and Paul will undergo a series of shots so he doesn’t get infected.