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05/12/2013 11:51 GMT | Updated 04/02/2014 10:59 GMT

Obama's New Dog, Sunny, Took Down A Two-Year-Old (PICTURES)

Michelle Obama welcomed the 2013 holidays into the White House on Wednesday with military families, hot cider, hand-decorated cookies, a 300-pound gingerbread White House and… a toddler takedown with the family pet.

Sunny, the 1-year-old Portuguese water dog the Obamas got during the summer, excitedly bounded into a State Dining Room full of children dressed in sparkly shoes and lacy dresses and headed right for Ashtyn Gardner, 2, of Mobile, Ala.

But far from being a violent and bloodthirsty beast, it appears that Sunny merely startled the little girl, causing her to step backwards and trip over another visiting child's walker.

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There was no cause for alarm as the little girl was up on her feet in seconds with Sunny licking her face.

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Other animals seem more vindictive in their takedown of toddlers (although some of these children may not be entirely innocent themselves)...

Animals Who Hate Children: