The clip was captured Friday by cameras stationed outside the Eliyahuo family residence in Woodland Hills


Heart-pounding footage shows the moment a quick-thinking Israeli man jumped into action to save his two-year-old daughter before she was dragged away by a coyote outside their Los Angeles home.

The clip was captured Friday by cameras stationed outside the Eliyahuo family residence in Woodland Hills, and shows the toddler being pulled across the family’s front lawn by the animal before it was scared away.

It begins with the child’s father – and eventual savior – Ariel Eliyahuo, parking his car in front of the house before taking his little daughter out. 

The girl then begins to wander a few feet from her dad, on a path in front of the home, while Ariel continues to unload the car. The dutiful dad told reporters that he had just picked his daughter up her preschool and had been retrieving her toys.

In the few seconds Ariel is focused on taking the tot’s toys, the opportunistic animal makes his move – quickly running into frame toward his unsuspecting daughter.

The coyote can then be seen jumping toward the child, knocking her to the pavement before latching on to her with its teeth. The animal bites the toddler several times before dragging her across the sidewalk.

At this point, as the girl screamed and wailed in pain, Ariel sees the alarming scene, and quickly runs to her rescue. After freeing his daughter from the animal’s grasp – and hurling a bottle of water at it – the coyote quickly backs off, and eventually flees.

The girl was then rushed the emergency room after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, said the family – including a deep gash to her leg.

The clip was captured Friday by cameras stationed outside the Eliyahuo family residence in Woodland Hills

The clip was captured Friday by cameras stationed outside the Eliyahuo family residence in Woodland Hills

The disturbing footage shows the toddler being pulled across the family's front lawn by the animal before it was scared away by her father

The disturbing footage shows the toddler being pulled across the family’s front lawn by the animal before it was scared away by her father

The coyote can then be seen jumping toward the child, knocking her to the pavement before latching on to her with its teeth. The animal bites the toddler several times before her dad arrives, dragging her across the sidewalk

The coyote can then be seen jumping toward the child, knocking her to the pavement before latching on to her with its teeth. The animal bites the toddler several times before her dad arrives, dragging her across the sidewalk

‘She has a lot of scratches on her left leg and one of them is really deep,’ the girl’s mother, Shira Eliyahuo told local outlet KTLA shortly after the attack.

‘The coyote just kind of dragged her,’ the mom added, revealing that the toddler also suffered bruising on her face after falling to the concrete. 

‘I saw her pants covered in blood. So I took them off and exposed all the scratches on her legs.’ 

At first, the family said, the father thought the girl had fallen to the floor, failing to notice the coyote, which are prevalent in LA but rarely attack humans due to their small stature.

‘He didn’t see the coyote, he thought she fell,’ Shira said. ‘So he ran over and then he saw the coyote.’

Ariel – an Israeli citizen who can be heard cursing in Hebrew in the dramatic footage – recalled the horror he felt when he saw his daughter in the animal’s grasp. 

The footage begins with the child's father - and eventual savior - Ariel Eliyahuo, parking his car in front of the house before taking his little daughter out. The girl then begins to wander a few feet from her dad, on a path in front of the home, while Ariel continues to unload the car

The footage begins with the child’s father – and eventual savior – Ariel Eliyahuo, parking his car in front of the house before taking his little daughter out. The girl then begins to wander a few feet from her dad, on a path in front of the home, while Ariel continues to unload the car

In the few seconds Ariel is focused on taking the tot's toys, the opportunistic animal makes his move - quickly running into frame to save his daughter

In the few seconds Ariel is focused on taking the tot’s toys, the opportunistic animal makes his move – quickly running into frame to save his daughter

The girl was then rushed the emergency room after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, said the family - including a deep gash to her leg

The girl was then rushed the emergency room after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, said the family – including a deep gash to her leg

Some of the toddler's injuries can be seen here. She received a rabies shot and is currently recovering at home

Some of the toddler’s injuries can be seen here. She received a rabies shot and is currently recovering at home

‘I heard the screams and the crying, and I thought she had fallen. Then I saw the coyote there.’ The next few seconds would be a blur, but thankfully saw the coyote shooed away.

Ariel - an Israeli citizen who can be heard cursing in Hebrew in the dramatic footage - acted quickly when he saw his daughter in the animal's grasp, likely saving her life

Ariel – an Israeli citizen who can be heard cursing in Hebrew in the dramatic footage – acted quickly when he saw his daughter in the animal’s grasp, likely saving her life

However, that would not be the last time family caught a glimpse of the beast, who proved scarily persistent in his stalking of the family – reappearing at the house as news crews began to arrive later in the day.

Ariel and another man from the neighborhood quickly chased the animal away – but not before it stopped to pose for video crews stationed outside the home.

The Eliyahuoes – who both hail from the Middle Eastern nation but live full-time in the affluent nabe near Santa Monica – told reporters they are fed up not only by the presence of coyote’s in their neighborhood, but their constant howling as well.

A search for the coyote, carried out by the California Wildlife Information Department, is currently underway, said officials, who hope to match the animal with DNA left behind with the bite on the toddler.

The couple’s daughter, meanwhile, received a rabies shot and is currently recovering at home.

Patrick Foy, captain of the force’s law enforcement division, warned resident over the weekend that coyotes ‘are a big problem in this area,’ and that his team has received ‘reports of them going after pets as well.

Coyotes, due to their small size, are rarely known to attack full-grown adults, with children and animals being their most common victims. Most attacks involve children under the age of five – though they are still exceedingly rare.

The Eliyahuoes, who hail from Israel, said that they want to prevent an attack like this from affecting another child in the future, and said they hope the city will get involved by removing the coyotes from their community, which has seen seven coyote attacks this year

The Eliyahuoes, who hail from Israel, said that they want to prevent an attack like this from affecting another child in the future, and said they hope the city will get involved by removing the coyotes from their community, which has seen seven coyote attacks this year

The Eliyahuoes, meanwhile, told KTLA that they want to prevent an attack like this from affecting another child in the future, and said they hope the city will get involved by trapping and removing the coyotes from their community.

Coyote activity in the area is particularly rife, with seven coyote attacks this year alone – all involving pets or children.

That said, attacks almost never prove fatal – though in this case, due to the toddler’s size and age, Ariel actions likely saved his daughter’s life. 

The animal (picture) proved persistent in his stalking of the family, appearing at the house again as news crews began to arrive later in the day. Coyote activity in the area is particularly rife, despite attacks almost never proving fatal.

The animal (picture) proved persistent in his stalking of the family, appearing at the house again as news crews began to arrive later in the day. Coyote activity in the area is particularly rife, despite attacks almost never proving fatal.

Officials warn that if coyotes are an issue in your area, build a higher fence around your property and avoid feeding the animals, so they do not associate humans with food. 

Only two attacks by coyotes in history have proved fatal on humans – including one in LA 1981 that eerily echoed the Eliyahuoes’ ordeal, and the only fatal attack in the US.

Also transpiring in Los Angeles, it saw a 3 year-old girl was attacked and killed by a coyote when she was playing unattended in her front yard. 

Another came in Canada in 2009, and saw 19-year-old singer songwriter Taylor Mitchell killed.

A search for the coyote, carried out by the California Wildlife Information Department, is currently underway, said officials, who hope to match the animal with DNA left behind with the bite on the toddler. The family of four is hopeful the city will address the coyote issue

A search for the coyote, carried out by the California Wildlife Information Department, is currently underway, said officials, who hope to match the animal with DNA left behind with the bite on the toddler. The family of four is hopeful the city will address the coyote issue

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