WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman from Florida was attacked by an otter at Lake Lily Park on January 8.
- Ann-Christine Langselius said she was bitten by the rabid otter, causing her to be unable to walk temporarily.
- An officer with the Maitland Police Department later shot and killed an otter near Lake Maitland, which Langselius believes to be the same animal that bit her.
A woman in Maitland, Florida was just walking her dog last week when she was attacked by an otter. The brutal attack happened on Jan. 8 at the Lake Lily Park. The otter, which appeared to be rabid, started “running fast toward” her, Ann-Christine Langselius told Fox News.
Langselius told the police that she was taking a stroll with her pup when she was attacked and bitten.
The otter targeted Langselius’ right leg then bit the Achilles tendon on her left leg. She claims the otter “hung on” and didn’t want to let go when she ran off the bridge. Her dog, a Goldendoodle named Zoe, was not injured in the attack.
The woman later received rabies shots. She claimed that she’s also currently unable to walk “due to the severe bites” in her leg.
“[I’m] very sore,” she added.
Langselius, who claimed she did not provoke the animal, said she has “encountered animals many times [before] and it was obvious from this animal’s behavior that it was ill.”
An officer with the Maitland Police Department later shot and killed an otter near Lake Maitland, not far off from where Langselius was attacked. The animal was later determined to be rabid by the Florida Department of Health, WFTV-9 reported.
Langselius said she believes the otter that was killed by the police officer is the same animal that attacked her.
The attack comes after officials had previously warned locals about an “aggressive” otter in the area, according to WFTV-9.
Source: Fox News