One of the normally peaceful mammals savaged her back, legs and feet 25 times, forcing the 33-year-old to get rabies shots, the Star Tribune.
“It just kept coming after me,” she said. “You never knew where it was going to bite next.”
Prudhomme was preparing for an upcoming triathlon in the lake near Duluth with a friend last Wednesday. She wore a wetsuit over her swimsuit, but the otter was able to tear through it, leaving bites in her flesh as deep as two inches.
In addition to the shock of the attack, she told the Star Tribune, “I couldn’t believe Duluth had an otter.”
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. She had another series of rabies shots Saturday.
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Leah Prudhomme was preparing for an upcoming triathlon in the lake near Duluth with a friend last Wednesday. She wore a wetsuit over her swimsuit, but the otter was able to tear through it.
If the otter wasn’t rabid, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer Mike Scott told the Star Tribune, it may have been a mother trying to protect her pups.
Prudhomme said she still plans to participate in the Duluth Triathlon, even though the swimming portion will take place on Island Lake.
“It’s not like I’ll be bitten by another otter,” she reasoned.