A young toddler was rushed to the hospital after a shocking attack by a coyote that was caught on camera in California.
The little girl, aged about two or three years old, can be seen in a disturbing surveillance video at Huntington Beach which shows the heart-stopping moment she is knocked over and mauled in the face by a coyote as she played by the shore.
Video shows the toddler’s mother and another child playing just a few feet away as the coyote appears to be prowling, inching ever closer to the child without anyone seeming to take notice. After knocking her down, it appears the animal then viciously attacked the girl’s face for nearly 15 seconds before she was able to get away.
The child, whose name was not released because she is a minor, was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department. She is expected to fully recover from the harrowing attack.
**WARNING: DISTURBING VIDEO**
(Video: Fox 11 Los Angeles)
“The attack occurred north of the pier about 9:45 p.m., police said. The toddler was with her mother on the beach when the coyote attacked, Lt. Toby Archer said,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
“When police responded to the 911 call, they saw two coyotes nearby and shot at them, Archer said. The first coyote was shot and killed near Pacific Coast Highway and Goldenwest Street. The second coyote, believed to be the one that attacked the girl, was also shot but eluded capture and escaped into the wetlands near Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue, Archer said,” the outlet reported.
#BREAKING Coyote found dead on Huntington dog beach this morning not believed to be same coyote involved in last night’s child attack. Police say 2 coyotes were shot — coyote believed to be involved in child attack was not captured. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/ujWcYCLui1
— Marc Cota-Robles (@abc7marccr) April 29, 2022
That animal was later discovered and euthanized but reportedly, either coyote was the one involved in the attack on the toddler.
“There’s nothing we could say that would put them at fault,” Capt. Patrick Foy from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said of the little girl’s family. “They did not antagonize the coyote. The coyote came out of nowhere and snuck up on this little girl.”
Other locals expressed their shock over the incident and described how they have seen coyotes in the area.
(Video: CBS Los Angeles)
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