A Canadian boy is lucky to be alive after a wild encounter in his backyard Saturday. Austin Forman, 11, was gathering firewood with Angel, the family’s golden retriever, when a cougar charged him. Angel quickly leaped between the charging animal and the boy.
Austin ran inside while Angel fought with the cougar. He told his mother what had happened, and she quickly called 9-1-1. A constable responded and killed the wild animal. Angel appeared fatally wounded and was rushed away to an animal hospital. Luckily, Austin’s faithful golden retriever survived with only a few deep bites and scratches.