Published On: Tue, Jul 17th, 2012

Minnesota woman, Leah Prudhomme, repeatedly attacked by otter while swimming

A Minnesota triathlete was bitten at least 25 times while swimming across Island Lake near Duluth last week, receiving bites as deep as 2 inches.

According to a Star Tribune report, 33-year-old Leah Prudhomme of Anoka was understandably startled as she swam across the lake and was repeatedly bitten by an animal she didn’t know was found in Northern Minnesota.

Public domain photo/EvgenyGenkin via Wikimedia Commons

The triathlete said the maniacal otter just kept coming at her,biting her several times easily tearing through her wetsuit and then watch from a distance from a few feet away in Island Lake.

Otters are common in North Minnesota according to spokesman with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Duluth. Mike Scott said,  “We’ve got otters everywhere … lakes, streams. Most times, [swimmers] wouldn’t even know it. Otters usually stay away. I’ve never seen or heard of it before.”

Animal experts can only surmise that the otter’s unusually aggressive behavior was due to the animal being rabid or it was a mother protecting young pups.

Her father drove his boat out to his daughter, pulled her from the water and rushed her to a Duluth hospital, where she was given tetanus and rabies shots.

The usual experience will not deter Prudhomme from competing in the upcoming Duluth Triathlon, which will take place on the same lake.

Prudhomme said she’s scared but looks at the odds of this happening again stating,  “It’s not like I’ll be bitten by another otter.”

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