77-year-old woman attacked by rabid otter
BRADEN RIVER, FL — A 77-year-old kayaker is recovering after she was attacked by a rabid otter in Florida.
Sue Spector told a local television station that she was kayaking with her husband and a group of other people early Sunday morning in Braden River, Florida. She says she heard heard someone make a comment about seeing an otter, and when she turned to look at it, it jumped on her.
The otter began clawing her face. “I took my paddle and I tried to get him off of me and he wouldn’t let go and I kept screaming, I kept beating him with a paddle,” Spector said. “When you’re [in the middle of] it you don’t have a lot of thought except you hope you survive.”
Spector’s kayak then flipped over and she had to fight with the animal in neck-deep water.
The animal eventually got off her and the rest of the group kept the otter away while their guide, Marsha Wikle, got Spector and her husband out of the water. She also helped the couple get back into their kayaks.
Spector went to the emergency room and is now being treated for rabies. The attack on the 77-year-old came a day after another kayaker went to the hospital following a run in with an otter.
Florida Fish and Wildlife have now put a sign near the area where Spector was attacked.
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