An off-duty police officer was hailed as a hero on Sunday after jumping on a coyote and strangling him when the animal attacked a girl in a playground in New York and left her with an armband.
Kasey King-Petrelle, The girl's mother told NBC New York that the coyote emerged from nowhere and sprinted like 5-year-old Natalia and her 3-year-old brother in Thornwood "like a cheetah".
The animal gained them as she ran to her car and attacked the boy first.
"I took my foot and I kicked him as hard as I could in his face, which threw him to the ground and he stumbled a bit and when he got up, he swung over to my daughter and bit into her arm," said King Petrellese.
Natalia said the animal had "bleeding her arm."
Fortunately, policeman Arcangelo Liberatore, the Irvington cop, discovered the coyote who lurked nearby. He and his wife helped their own children into their car when they heard screams and went back to help, according to the journal news.
Liberatore jumped on the coyotes, clutching his neck and banging his head on the groun.  "I just sat there and tried to squeeze life out," said Liberatorore NBC New York. "But it was pretty tough."
Mount Pleasant Police shot and killed the animal and its remains were sent to Westchester County (19659005) King Petrellese, her two children, and Liberatore received rabies vaccinations at a hospital, according to NBC New York. Natalia also had to be sewn and she received antibiotics.
"I just sat and tried to squeeze the life out of it."
Liberatore had a bandage on his arm on Monday to the Journal News.
"I told my wife I'm just wired differently than most people, I think," he said. "I'm running towards danger."
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.