Swimmer and triathlete, Leah Prudhomme, had to get rabies shot after getting viciously attacked by an otter. According to Fox News
, Prudhomme, 33, of Anoka, Minnesota, was training for a triathlon in a lake by Duluth, and was swimming back to shore after completing a swim around an island when she felt the animal's fangs bite into her leg.
Despite struggling to free herself from her then-mystery attacker, Prudhomme ended up being bitten 25 times, some of the wounds measured as much as two inches deep, and were located on her legs, arms and back.
“It just kept coming after me,” said Prudhomme
to the Duluth News Tribune. “You never knew where it was going to bite next.”
After being rescued by her father, she was taken to Duluth's St. Luke's Hospital where she underwent a round of rabies and tetanus shots, as well as antibiotics. She recieved more treatments back home in the Twin Cities on Saturday reports SF Gate
Upon learning that the culprit was in fact, an otherwise peaceful animal, Prudhomme was stunned not only by its attacking her, but the fact Duluth even had an otter at all.
Experts can only offer explanation saying the otter could have been rabid or was a mother trying to protect its young.
"I've never seen or heard of it before," said conservation officer
, Mike Scott. "We've got otters everywhere ... lakes, streams. Most times, (swimmers) wouldn't even know it. Otters usually stay away."
Prudhomme has something else to thank as well reports AZ Central
: her wetsuit. Despite being shredded and destroyed in the attack, it's likely it kept her from being wounded even more.
"My wetsuit tells the tale best because there's just claw marks and chunks missing and lots of bites all over the wetsuit," she pointed out
Ultimately, Prudhomme is still planning on participating in the triathlon in the very same lake next Sunday. Luckily the event is scheduled to be located on the other side of that lake.
"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."