A coyote attacked a toddler outside the family’s Woodland Hills home in broad daylight on Friday and attempted to drag her away before her father rescued her, according to security video and the girl’s family.
The coyote can be seen attacking the child as his father is busy locking up the family’s SUV, the family’s doorbell video showed. The animal knocked the child down and grabbed her left leg and tried to drag her away as she screamed.
The girl’s father picked up the child and immediately chased the coyote away, throwing a water bottle at the animal.
“I heard her screaming and crying and I thought she had fallen and I saw the coyote was there,” Ariel Eliyahuo, the toddler’s father, told NBC4. Father and child had just returned from an outing.
The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. and was captured on security video broadcast on NBC and several other local television stations.
The girl suffered scratches on her leg and was taken to hospital to be vaccinated against rabies, the family said.
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