That is one scary moment, even for anyone not involved.
Coyotes are known for their intelligence, and their remarkable ability to survive in many different settings from the deep woods to the middle of a city.
Coyotes are medium-sized canines that are smaller than wolves and larger than foxes. On average, they stand about 1-2 feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh up to 50 pounds.
Coyotes are opportunistic hunters and scavengers, feeding on a wide variety of prey including rabbits, rodents, birds, and even deer. They are also known to eat fruits, vegetables, and insects. Coyotes are typically solitary hunters, although they may hunt in pairs or small groups to take down larger prey.
Coyotes are also known for their adaptability, allowing them to thrive in urban environments. They can be found in parks, suburban neighborhoods, and even busy cities. They are active at night and often prey on anything from cats and dogs to garbage bins that we leave outside.
While coyotes are generally not considered a threat to humans, there have been rare instances of coyotes attacking people. Most of these attacks have occurred in urban areas where coyotes have become habituated to human presence and have lost their natural fear of people. Most cases is due to a coyote being threatened.
This is a unique one though… but, using the same logic you’d use to understand coyote behavior in the wild, it makes sense. Coyotes like many predators are opportunistic and always look for the easiest meal in the form of the young, weak or old.
This coyote clearly had no problem with humans and decided to take its chances at this very small kid.
A father is getting out of the vehicle at his Woodland Hills, California, home and grabbing stuff out of the passenger side. His daughter, who looks to be about two or three years old, is on the other side of the vehicle where she is met by a coyote. The coyote grabs her leg and pulls her down as she lets out a loud scream.
The noise causes the father to run over only to find the coyote attempting to pull the kid away. The father grabs his kid and then tries to scare off the coyote who is unconcerned until there is a lot of aggression involved.
According to NBC News, the coyote was later captured and euthanized, meanwhile the girl was taken to a hospital and treated for bite wounds and bruising. She was also given a rabies shot.
That is some crazy stuff but it’s a testament to what can happen when the wild world goes urban.
Another good reason to get out after some yotes.