A teenager who was filming an otter he spied in a pond now knows more about rabies than he probably ever wanted. The 19-year-old shot the video from the bank of a pond, watching the otter innocently swimming around. After a brief stare-down, the otter did another quick swim, then ran onto shore and attacked! And it was all caught on camera and displayed to the world via YouTube.
This is the third recently-reported otter attack in the area. This type of behaviour obviously isn’t normal, and rabies has to be a concern. Rabies has been previously identified in marauding otters in Florida, and since this otter got away, you have to assume that it was rabid. Accordingly, the victim is undergoing rabies post-exposure treatment.