When you think of otters, you most likely think they are adorable. I know, we’ve all seen that video of two otters wading in water on their backs before coming together to hold hands. They floated off on their merry little way, and we all fell in love with them. Well, turns out they aren’t as adorable as we first thought. My evidence? A woman was viciously attacked by an otter in Florida and had to receive medical treatment for her injuries.
This is Susan Spector, a 77-year-old who wanted to take a lovely trip on her kayak with her friends. While on the trip, one of her friends noticed an otter, and Susan thought it was just an adorable part of nature. Until the dang thing attacked!
Spector recalled the harrowing experience: “I thought, ‘Oh, how nice.’ Then, the next thing I noticed is he jumped onto the back of a kayak and then he lunged at me. I took my paddle and tried to push him off and that’s when he made a lunge for me, for my back, and clung on and wouldn’t get off … I screamed as loud as I could.”
These otter attacks are becoming more and more common, according to the doctors in the ER Spector went to for her injuries.
“They said, ‘Oh my, you know, this is the second otter bite we’ve had.’ They had never seen one before in most of their medical careers,” Spector said. “Otters are usually very shy and go away from a boat rather than attacking a boat.”
Spector suffered a torn earlobe, a gash on her nose, and a bite on her hand, and one of her friends had a bite on her arm. Otters are no joke, everyone. Keep away from them.