Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Dingo Ate My Baby!

Wildlife officials are investigating what could be the first coyote attack on a human in New Jersey following a backyard attack on a toddler that was foiled by an eleven year old.

Playing in the back yard of his Middletown Township home with his twenty-two month old nephew over the weekend, eleven year old Ryan Palludan first thought the animal that bolted into the yard just before dark was a deer.

But when it grabbed little Liam Sadler in its jaws, Palludan instinctively sprang into action, yelling and kicking at the attacker which was later determined to be a coyote.

"It ran real fast, and in 10 seconds it was on Liam's back, biting the back of his head and his neck," Palludan said. "My dad and I chased it into the woods, and my sister got Liam inside.

"My dad turned to walk away and it came running back at him. I yelled, 'Dad, it's coming for you,' and he chased it away again. But it didn't go all the way into the woods," Palludan explained. "It was kind of staying on the edge. It wanted its food."

Palludan's older brother, Ole Palludan, said he and the adults were sitting on the porch less than 40 feet away when the attack occurred.

The toddler's grandfather, Philip Palludan, who he is familiar with coyotes having seen them out West, said the animal that attacked the toddler was about the size of a German shepherd.

After the attack, family members grabbed flashlights and found the animal still hovering on the edge of the woods after the attack.

They are warning residents to keep their cats, small dogs, roadrunners and rascally rabbits indoors.

Okay, coyotes here in Texas I understand but, when the heck did coyotes start showing up in New Jersey? Maybe the Jersey Devil is to blame? I'll call ACME just in case and order up some supplies...


Blogger lioux said...

I know. Right?


12/4/07 08:33  
Anonymous Roadrunner®™©™ said...

Meep. Meep.

12/4/07 08:34  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Doesn't make sense to me, must be another sign of the impending apocalypse...

Wile E. Coyote, Supergenius. I like the way it rolls out. Wile E. Coyote, Supergenius...

12/4/07 08:52  
Anonymous Sharp As A Marble said...

It doesn't make sense to me either. And why did they try to kill the coyote with flashlights? Everybody knows you need an Acme®™©™ anvil or paint a hole on the floor in order to kill those pesky critters.

12/4/07 09:02  
Anonymous reverse_vampyr said...

That was quick thinking by that brave little kid. Glad they all made it out of that situation with just a few bumps and bruises. Coyotes in Jersey though, that is odd. At least I've never heard of it.

12/4/07 10:36  
Anonymous Frank The Crank said...

Coyotes running amok around all those factories and refineries? Must have taken the wrong exit.

12/4/07 10:46  
Anonymous JumpMaster said...

The culprit was either the Jersey Devil or El Chupacabra, there can’t be any coyotes in New Jersey. Unless they are radioactive super coyotes and if that were the case that 11 year old kid wouldn’t have stood a chance.

12/4/07 10:52  
Anonymous alligator said...

Okay, now this one sounds made up compared to Popeye dying.

12/4/07 11:03  
Anonymous kevin federline's ex-wife said...

Back before I became a big singin' star I once shot me a coyote that was digging around in our trash cans back home. Momma skinned it up and cooked it with some tatters and even though it was a little tough, let me tell ya, it was good eatin'. It ain't nothin' next to fresh possum, but what is?

12/4/07 11:56  
Anonymous Season said...

I'm glad those kids are okay.

Now stop making fun of Britney Spears!

13/4/07 12:08  
Anonymous fidelio said...

That is one crazy story! Coyotes in freakin' Jersey?!?!?

13/4/07 14:07  

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