I bet the guy in the video above never dreamed he'd have to kick a rabid coyote in the head when he started out for his walk, but that's exactly what happened.
Surveillance video given to WESH 2 News by the Emerald Island Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, shows an aggressive coyote approaching a guest. As you can see, the man waves his arms and tries to scare the coyote away, but it didn't work. The man eventually kicked the coyote, knocking it out for a bit.
The man then ran to the guard shack to report the incident. Moments later, the video footage shows the coyote getting up and moving toward a passing car.
At some point after the man was attacked, Tom O'Donnell heard his wife, who was in the yard planting flowers, screaming.
A coyote was biting her leg and wouldn't let go.
"I kicked it, I punched it, she was punching it. It wouldn't get off. She was punching it too, so I ended up choking it and then it released her, so I threw it on the ground and I basically sat on it," Tom O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell said he and another man managed to tie the coyote's legs and snout and put it in a dog cage while waiting for Animal Control.
The coyote was still alive then, but would die shortly after Animal Control officers arrived.
Shockingly, the coyote had also bitten O'Donnell's neighbor just two doors down.
Gordon Clark said he was on his back porch when the coyote came from behind and bit his calf. He managed to kick if off.
"It's a shock. And I knew I had to get to the hospital pretty quickly," Clark said.
Officials with Animal Control and the Department of Health said the coyote tested positive for rabies and they've issued a rabies alert for the area.
Of course, O'Donnell's wife and Clark are being treated for likely exposure to the disease
Osceola County officials said residents need to be on the lookout for wildlife behaving oddly, and they need to make absolutely sure that pets are vaccinated for rabies and keep pets inside at night.
Animal Control is canvassing the area for any animals that may be a problem.
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