Ask any athlete about possible concerns when training for a triathlon, and we’d imagine that “crazy Otter attack” would land pretty far down on the list, if it placed at all.
Oddly enough, Ironwoman athlete Leah Prudhomme expected a few bites from muskrats or beavers as she swam in Minnesota’s Island Lake last week. Instead, she encountered an uncharacteristically aggressive otter, The Star Tribune reported, receiving 25 bites to her legs, feet, and back.
Prudhomme, 33, was taken to the hospital where she received several rounds of rabies and tetanus shots. Conservation experts surmise that the otter was either rabid or protecting nearby pups.
With nearly 50 triathlons under her belt, Prudhomme is no quitter and plans on competing in the upcoming Duluth Triathlon, in the same lake, this week. Hopefully, the otter in question will have calmed down by then.
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