VIDEO: 5-year-old Illinois girl escapes charging coyote in front yard

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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5-year-old girl escapes coyote: as seen on Action News Mornings, September 25, 2019

VILLA PARK, Illinois -- A 5-year-old girl in Illinois managed to escape a coyote that charged at her outside her house, and the entire chase was caught on camera.

Surveillance cameras show Christine Przybylski going out to check the mailbox for her Halloween costume.

What the 5-year-old doesn't see is a coyote lurking around.

The costume hadn't arrived, so Christine turns back but doesn't immediately go inside.

"I decided to go to the swing," Christine said. "When I went to the swing, he run [sic] by and I was like, going, and then I was like 'Oh my god.'"

The coyote came charging full speed across the front yard, circled the tree, and charged right at Christine. It came so close, it touched her.

"I feeled [sic] its ear," she said. "It almost bited [sic] my rib."

"We heard the scream," her mother Elizabeth Przybylski said. "She came in with this wild story."

"I was like, 'Mom! Mom! I saw a coyote!'" Christine said.

The child's parents pulled up the home surveillance footage and sure enough, there was the coyote.

"He really pursued her violently, and I'm so glad she got away," Elizabeth said.

Her mother said Christine won't be playing unaccompanied in the front yard again any time soon.

Neighbors down the street believe the coyotes may live in a nearby wooded area. They said they've often heard them fighting and screaming at night.

Now that a neighborhood child's been threatened, they plan to contact local authorities.