Jul 16, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT
I ask you, is this the face of a deranged killer? A woman swimming in Island Lake, Minn., says she was attacked by an otter — which bit her at least 25 times, with some wounds up to 2 inches deep. It happened near Deluth as Leah Prudhomme was training for a triathlon, and all of a sudden felt something nipping at her ankles. Then the bites became more ferocious. Piranha 3D!
No, just a friendly otter … of doom.
“It just kept coming after me,” said Prudhomme, 33, of Anoka. “You never knew where it was going to bite next.”
In between peppering her with puncture marks, the animal’s head popped up a few feet away. That’s when Prudhomme noticed its distinctive long tapered tail, small beady eyes and gray head. An otter.
“I couldn’t believe Duluth had an otter,” she said Saturday before getting more rabies shots, her swollen ankles and bite marks still healing three days after the incident.
Oh, by the way — the Deluth Triathlon which she was training for is scheduled for the same lake.
“I’m scared, but it’s one of those things you don’t want to let get the best of you,” she said. “It’s not like I’ll be bitten by another otter.”
That’s just what they want you to think. When the otters rise up, no one will suspect until it’s too late. We ignored their pleas for a cleaner environment, now they ignore our pleas for mercy.
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