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How 2-year-old girl attacked by coyote outside Los Angeles home

How 2-year-old girl attacked by coyote outside Los Angeles home

A two-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote in broad daylight on the front lawn of a home in Los Angeles, according to jarring surveillance video. The girl was saved and is now recovering.

The attack in the Woodland Hills neighborhood was captured on the family’s Ring camera system.

The family appears to be getting out of their car in the video when a coyote approaches the girl on the front lawn and begins dragging her by her legs, causing the toddler to scream. When the girl’s father approaches, the coyote releases her and backs away.

“I just wanted to make sure she was OK,” the girl’s mother, Shira Eliyaheo, told CBS Los Angeles.

How 2-year-old girl attacked by coyote outside Los Angeles home

The video shows the girl’s father throwing a rock at the animal.

“I grabbed her and laid her down,” Eliyaheo said. “I saw blood on her pants and on her leg and where she got injured. It was just terrible.”

Eliyaheo told CBSLA that her daughter was taken to a hospital for treatment, where she received a series of rabies shots and is now recovering.

Prior to the attack, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) received several reports from area residents about an aggressive coyote in the neighborhood, according to a CDFW spokesperson on Saturday. It was attempting to obtain a DNA sample of the coyote from the girl’s clothing.

CDFW personnel were also on standby in the area with dart guns in case another sighting was reported, according to the spokesperson.

This year has seen several coyote attacks in Southern California. Another 2-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote on a beach in the city of Huntington Beach in April.

Responding officers then shot and killed two coyotes in the area, and CDFW biologists used DNA samples to confirm that one of those two coyotes had attacked the girl. She was severely injured but survived.

A coyote attacked a 2-year-old girl in a park in the Orange County city of Fountain Valley in June. That girl, too, survived.

source:summarybio.com