I always thought otters were rather cute, and playful, but a recent incident in the state of Washington may have shattered that image. A woman and her 8-year-old grandson were swimming in the Pilchuck River when they were viciously attacked by a river otter, sending them both to the hospital. The boy's grandmother was bitten several times on the face and head as she tried to pull the aggressive otter off her grandson. She said, "I could see that it was biting into his head and it had its claws around him, so I just swam out there, and I grabbed the claws to pull it off of him. Its neck was long enough that it just started biting on me and biting into me. It felt like little knives going in,"
Fish and Game agents have closed that section of the river, while they attempt to capture the illusive animal. If the otter is a male, they will most likely euthanize him, but if it turns out to be a female protecting her pups, Fish and Game officials will try to relocate the entire family.
The boy's mother, Tabitha Moser, who witnessed the attack, reported "All of the sudden, I just heard him scream for his life. He was just bobbing up and down in the water and as he came up there was something all the way on top of his head." Even after they climbed out of the water, the otter continued to attack, "Even after it got into the river and out of our way, it stood on its hind legs looking at us like Don't do it again! Don't come in here!"
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