PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A toothless Chihuahua named Paco took on a potentially deadly carnivore Thursday, after a coyote wandered into the backyard of his owner's Florida home.
Paco's owner, T.J. Jones, caught it all on a video security system.
"He was face-to-face (with) that coyote. (It was) five times his size. (Paco) stood his ground; hid under the shed until I came out," said Jones.
An abandoned railroad line with plenty of brush is behind Jones' house, making it a perfect place for a coyote to hide. It's likely the wild animal stopped by for dinner or dessert.
"He's 18. He doesn't have a tooth in his head. He's a little sweetheart. He was my dad's dog. I'd lose it if I lost him," said Jones.
Jones said Paco learned his bravery from a pit bull he used to live with.
"He's always had the big mouth and had the brawn behind him. They're out there and people have a lot of small dogs. He got lucky," Jones added. "I don't want to see something bad happen to someone else's dog."