Minnesota Woman Attacked By Otter
Leah Prudhomme of Anoka, Minnesota was not prepared for what happened to her while practicing for her next triathlon.
The 33 year-old woman was training for the swimming section of the event in Island Lake when she felt something biting her legs.
It was an otter and it continued biting her legs, feet and back a total of twenty-five times. Prudhomme emerged from the lake covered with bites, some of which were two inches deep.
“It just kept coming after me,” Prudhomme told The Duluth News Tribune. “You never knew where it was going to bite next.”
It is not known why the otter attacked Prudhomme, but she admits that the ordeal was a bit unnerving. Prodhomme was treated and is still expected to compete in the upcoming triathlon.
“I’ve never seen or heard of it before,” said Mike Scott, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Duluth told The Duluth News Tribune. “We’ve got otters everywhere … lakes, streams. Most times, (swimmers) wouldn’t even know it. Otters usually stay away.”
Statistis show that there have been 40 reported attacks by otters on human over the last twenty years and most have taken place in the state of Florida.
The athlete admits shes scared but knows the chances of being bit by another otter are slim.
“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.”