IRVINE ( — A 3-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote Friday while playing with a friend in an Orange County park.

It happened around 5:50 p.m. at the corner of Equinox and Silverado, according to Irvine police.

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The coyote charged at the girl “out of nowhere” and lunged at her neck.

It could have ended much differently had it not been for a nearby resident who acted quickly.

Ginna McKenna was sitting on her patio when she spotted the attack, as told to CBS2’s Stacey Butler.

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“A little girl was screaming and the mother was screaming, so I came running out and there was a coyote in the park. I chased [the coyote] off,” McKenna said. “They were scared.”

The girl was taken to a hospital with what was described as a superficial wound to her neck.

Fish and Game and Animal Control officers with the Irvine P.D. are looking for the coyote.

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Police say coyotes frequent the area, but it’s extremely rare for one to attack a person.