Surveillance camera shows coyote attack 2-year-old girl in front of house



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A 2-year-old girl is recovering after being attacked by a coyote Friday afternoon in front of her house in a Los Angeles neighborhood, her father told CNN.

Ariel Eliyahuo told CNN that his daughter, Ariya, needed more rabies shots after the attack, which happened around 3:45 p.m. after he brought his children home from daycare.

Video from a Ring security camera shows the coyote running up to grab Ariya and begin dragging her seconds before her father could react.

“I heard Ariya scream. I thought she fell down,” Eliyahuo told CNN. “I immediately ran to see what was going on and I saw the coyote attacking her. I picked her up in my arms and tried to make the coyote disappear.”

You can hear other people screaming from the camera.

With his daughter in his arms, Eliyahuo tried to shoo the coyote away, then threw a water bottle at it as it ran. He took his daughter inside and picked up a board and went after the coyote.

Eliyahuo said his wife saw blood on their daughter’s pants, so they rushed her to the hospital, where she received several rabies shots. He said his daughter is doing better, but both of his children were scared by the experience.

They live in Woodland Hills, which is a built-up neighborhood, so he didn’t expect it to happen there, he said.

“We don’t live in a zoo, we live in Los Angeles,” Eliyahuo said. “Now I’m really, really, really scared to let the kids go out, even in the backyard, by themselves.”

Wildlife officials with dart rifles are working to try to capture the coyote, Capt. Patrick Foy, a public information officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told CNN.

There were a couple of coyote sightings in the area Saturday night, but they were unable to capture them, Foy said.

Authorities have taken samples of the girl’s clothing and hope to collect DNA that they can use to identify the animal when they catch it. The coyote will be euthanized so they can test it for rabies, Foy said.

It’s unusual for coyotes to roam such built-up areas, but it does happen, he said.

Earlier this year, a coyote attacked a 2-year-old girl in nearby Orange County, according to police there.

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