A coyote attacked a 2-year-old girl in front of her house in a Los Angeles neighborhood on Friday afternoon, her father said. The girl is getting better.
Ariel Eliyahuo said that his daughter Ariya had to get several rabies shots after the attack, which happened around 3:45 p.m. after he had brought his kids home from daycare.
A Ring security camera shows that the coyote ran up to Ariya, grabbed her, and started pulling her before her father could do anything.
“I could hear Ariya yell. I thought she must have fallen, “Eliyahuo told. “I ran over to see what was going on and saw that a coyote was attacking her. I picked her up and tried to get the coyote to leave.” People can be heard screaming off-screen.
Eliyahuo tried to scare the coyote away once he had his daughter in his arms. As it ran away, he threw a water bottle at it. He brought his daughter inside, got a board, and started walking after the coyote.
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Eliyahuo’s wife saw blood on their daughter’s pants, so they took her to the hospital right away and gave her several rabies shots. He said that his daughter is getting better, but that the whole thing scared both of his kids.
He said he wouldn’t have expected this to happen in their built-up neighborhood, Woodland Hills, where they live.
Eliyahuo said, “We don’t live in a zoo; we live in L.A.” “I’m really, really, really scared to let the kids go outside by themselves, even in the backyard.”
Capt. Patrick Foy, a public information officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that wildlife officials are trying to catch the coyote with dart rifles.
A couple of coyotes were seen in the area Saturday night, but Foy said that they couldn’t catch them.
The police have taken samples from the girl’s clothes and hope to find DNA that will help them identify the animal when they catch it. Foy said that the coyote will be killed so that rabies tests can be done on it.
He said it is rare for coyotes to live in places with so many people, but it does happen.
This year, a 2-year-old girl in nearby Orange County was attacked by a coyote, according to police there.