A family from Lakeland, Florida, is recovering from the shock of a close encounter with an otter that went on a rampage inside their home.
Being attacked by a rampaging otter is not one of those things you think will happen to you when you wake up in the morning.
The Ewert family describes it as a “crazy otter” that had to be wrestled and tossed from their home. Otter wrestling is a much respected sport in some countries. That’s a fact.
One recent morning, Casina Ewert heard her daughter Gwyneth screaming and ran to help her. She’d been bitten by an animal that attacked the family dog, Scooter.
“I was just screaming and hoping, ‘Mom and dad, please wake up. Please wake up. I don’t know what I’m gonna do,’” Gwyneth Ewert said.
“I knew we had to immediately treat the rabies situation, I thought that might come up, so our first instinct was to go to the ER,” Casina Ewert said.
It took three days and nights of searching, but the otter was found in a joint effort by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife.
“Be on the look out for small furry animal that likes water.”
Now, the family is less anxious about going outside, and Gwenyth has recovered well from the bite.
We need common sense otter control.
But the story behind the scar is still a shock. Just as it was the moment they realized the animal hissing in their living room was likely the same one they and others in the neighborhood saw swimming in nearby lakes several times over the past six months.
Wildlife officers said the otter killed a second dog in the neighborhood. They also said otters can be vicious and people should not approach them.