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Coyote attacks 2 toddlers in separate incidents in Arizona: report

By Stephanie Pagones,


A coyote attacked two toddlers – including one while he was at a playground – in separate incidents in Arizona, according to a report.

The coyote preyed upon a 21-month-old boy on Wednesday, while he was outside his family’s Scottsdale home with his mother, Kelly Pirozzi.

Pirozzi told ABC News the animal bit her son in the arm, causing the boy to fall.

But the coyote released his arm and ran off after the tot started crying, she told the news station.
The coyote attacked a 21-month-old boy on Wednesday.
Kelly Pirozzi

“It happened so quickly,” Pirozzi said.

Pirozzi did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.

Her son was miraculously unharmed other than for small bites, according to the report.
The toddler’s mom said the attack “happened so quickly.”
Kelly Pirozzi

Wildlife officials suspect the coyote was behind a similar incident days earlier only a half-mile from the Pirozzi home.

ABC cited Arizona Game and Fish specialist in reporting a different child was attacked Saturday at an area playground.

The toddler suffered minor injuries, such as “scrape marks on his stomach,” he reportedly said.
Another child was also reportedly attacked.
Kelly Pirozzi

The coyote had not been caught as of Friday.

The Game and Fish Department reportedly said the animal “shows little fear of people and may have been illegally fed in the past.”

Game and Fish Department personnel are asking anyone who sees a coyote in the Scottsdale area to call 623-236-7201.

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