Toddler injured in coyote attack on California beach, video shows
- A toddler was attacked by a coyote on Huntington Beach in California.
- The incident happened Thursday night, local news reported.
- The girl sustained non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
A toddler was attacked by a coyote on a California beach earlier this week, and the incident was captured on video.
FOXLA reported that the attack happened Thursday night near the Huntington Beach pier. The unidentified child was with her family when the animal, which witnesses said was hiding nearby, attacked her.
A video posted by FOX A journalist Travis Rice shows when the coyote was on top of the girl for about 15 seconds and then ran away.
—Travis Rice (@traviscrice) April 29, 2022
“It was all the way up here that sank and then came back,” said Garie Joncon, a witness. KABC-TV. “We saw him, and then all of a sudden he came in through this family, and there was a child on the floor, and then about five minutes later we came back, the whole crowd around the baby. The baby obviously wanted a little.”
The child was taken to a local hospital and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the outlet.
The Orange County Register reported that officers spotted and shot two coyotes and killed one. However, police were unsure if it was the coyote behind the attack.
The second coyote was injured but managed to evade officers. They were able to locate him at a trailer park on Friday and state animal officials euthanized him, according to the report.
“The carcass will be sent to a lab in Sacramento where wildlife forensic scientists will work on it on Saturday and attempt to compare DNA samples from either carcass to those from the bite samples of the victim,” police said in a statement. press release obtained by the outlet. “Both will also be tested for rabies, which is done post-mortem, which usually takes a few extra days.”