A New Hampshire man strangled a coyote to death with his bare hands after it attacked his two-year-old son.

Ian O’Reilly was out walking with his wife and three children in Exeter on Monday when the wild animal suddenly struck, grabbing the child’s jacket and dragging him to the ground, according to Too Fab.

After getting between his boy and the dog, he tried to scare the animal off, kicking it, but it continued to come at them.

“It was snapping and attacking and lunging,” he told WMUR9. “It wasn’t really much of a choice.”

He then jumped on top of the coyote, and was bitten on the chest and arm in the struggle. He managed to lock up its snout and push his head into the snow, using his own body-weigh to cut off its air supply.

It took ten minutes for the animal to die.

“In the middle of the moment you’re not really thinking or recording a whole lot,” he said. “It’s really just instinct. The fact that when we tried to kick and push and get rid of him, it became clear that he was not disengaging.”

“Never underestimate the power of survival,” he added.

The little boy escaped unharmed.

Police are trying to determine if the animal was the same one involved in two separate attacks nearby.

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