Otter bites two teenage cousins swimming in Kalama River

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Otter bites two teenage cousins swimming in Kalama River

KALAMA, Wash. — Two teenage cousins who’d been playing on a rope swing on the bank of the Kalama River were bitten by a river otter as they swam back to their grandparents’ house on the other shore.

The Daily News reports a fish biologist says river otters don’t usually attack people but maybe the girls got between it and its babies.

Craig Bartlett of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says many animals have newborn babies this time of year and can be protective and aggressive. He says river otter attacks are unusual but not unheard of.

The girls plan to get back in the water after their cuts are healed.

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