Minnesota otter attack: Anoka woman bitten two dozen times in 'unheard of' incident

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Submitted photo via Star Tribune
Prudhomme ended up in the hospital following a relentless otter attack.
Last Wednesday night, Leah Prudhomme, a triathlete from Anoka, was in the midst of a swim in Island Lake, located near Duluth, when she was brutally attacked... by an otter.

Prudhomme says she and a friend had just passed a bog when she felt a nip at her ankle. Suddenly, up popped an otter's head. It quickly dipped back underwater and began attacking her "ferociously," leaving her with 25 bite marks, some two inches deep.

KSTP reports that Prudhomme's father heard her screams, then drove his boat onto the lake and hauled her to safety. In addition to her wounds, Prudhomme has had to undergo a series of rabies and tetanus shots.
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They're cute, but make no mistake -- their teeth are needle-sharp.

Recounting the incident to the Star Tribune
, Prudhomme, 33, said the otter "just kept coming after me... you never knew where it was going to bite next."

Otters are normally playful and nonviolent animals, so news of the Island Lake attack left experts searching for words. Some have speculated that the attacking otter must've either had rabies or was a mother protecting young pups. According to the DNR, there have only been 40 otter attacks in the U.S. in the last 20 years.

Mike Scott, a conservation officer with the Minnesota DNR, told the Strib that while otters are "everywhere" in Minnesota's lakes and streams, he's "never seen or heard of" one attacking a human.

"Most times, [swimmers] wouldn't even know it," Scott said. "Otters usually stay away."


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Kara
Kara

bath salts strike again...

Kara
Kara

bath salts strikes again...

mplstim
mplstim

"Two menstruating women were killed by grizzly bears in Glacier National Park in 1967, and the authorities have been warning women to stay out of bear territory during their periods ever since. There's been a fair amount of research, some of it conducted by women, suggesting that omnivores and carnivores (e.g., bears) are inspired to attack by the smell of human blood, while herbivores (e.g., deer) are repelled by it. The key here is blood, not necessarily menstrual blood. Research shows that deer are repelled by male blood, too. It's just that over time many animal breeds have learned humans mean trouble, some researchers believe, and women have the characteristic scent of human blood on them more often than men do. . . . Experiments in 1983 showed that polar bears were attracted to menstrual blood." It seems very plausible that many animal attacks - from pit bulls to grizzlies to chimps - could be related to that time of the month.....wonder if people still are studying this, or if it's too politically incorrect...

Dr. J
Dr. J

 Or maybe she was wearing Kim Kardashian's new perfume which marks her as enemy to all living things.   The otters were forced to destroy the foul smelling demon that has infested their water.

Rachel
Rachel

Making the wildlife out to be the problem is a problem. The wildlife looses. More respect for wildlife could have prevented this from happening, she was swimming in a remote area with lots of wildlife.

Time Child
Time Child

Has anyone asked if Ms. Prudhomme is a member of the United Atheist Alliance? She may have not heard the sound of the nafferty prior to her swim.

Dr. J
Dr. J

Did that DNR asshole even consider that otters have been biding their time this whole time waiting for the perfect moment to strike? 

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